Better Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Feb 22, 2013
As part of National Cancer Prevention Month, here are healthy behaviors you can adopt to keep you and your loved ones healthy.
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Being diagnosed with cancer has a devastating impact on patients and their families. Making better decisions leads to healthier outcomes and can help in the prevention of cancer.

As part of National Cancer Prevention Month, here are healthy behaviors you can adopt to keep you and your loved ones healthy:

Stop tobacco use: This includes smoking as well as smokeless tobacco products. Doing so can reduce your risk of several cancer types, including lung, oral, bladder and kidney cancers. Avoid second-hand smoke. If you have been a long-time smoker, talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening

Exercise and maintain a healthy weight: Doing so not only decreases your cancer risk but also reduces your risk of heart diseass, which is one of the top three most prevalent chronic conditions in the nation today.

Eat healthy: Choosing a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat is key to minimizing your risk for many diseases.

Limit alcohol use: Alcohol has been linked to several types of cancer, including colon, liver and breast cancers. Men should limit their use to no more than two drinks per day and women should not exceed one drink per day.

Consider getting screened: Colon, breast, skin, cervical and prostate cancers have screening tests that are widely available. Talk to your doctor about what screenings might be appropriate for you.

Talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccine: It protects against the HPV strains most commonly associated with cervical cancer and may reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer.

Avoid UV over-exposure: Reduce the risk of skin cancer by avoiding over-exposure to UV rays from natural sunlight and indoor tanning.

The concept of better decisions and healthier outcomes also applies to those who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Cancer patients need someone with the specialization to understand their condition and the data to help them make the right decisions. While doctors can provide critical care and treatment options, patients greatly benefit from specialist pharmacists such as those in the Express Scripts Oncology Therapeutic Resource Center.

Balancing treatment needs and daily responsibilities can be an extremely stressful situation for patients and caregivers. Patients whose disease has progressed significantly can sometimes have weekly doctor’s appointments. They are on multiple medications to manage their symptoms. Oncology medications have significant side effects. All of this takes a toll, financially and emotionally. Specialist pharmacists use their training and experience to provide support and comfort.

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