Prevention

One of the most important ways for cancer survivors to reduce the risk of long term health problems is to lead a healthy life style.  See this recent article from the American Institute for Cancer Research:

AIRCImagePrevention

 

Some of the ways to stay healthy include:

Sun Protection:

Sun burn in anyone is associated with an increased risk of cancer, but childhood cancer survivors are especially at risk.

General sun safety measures include:

  • · Sun safe clothing such as wide-brimmed hats, long sleeved shirts and long trousers
  • · Use of sunscreen that protects against ultraviolet light
  • · Reducing exposure to high UV radiation by changing time of day in which exposure occurs

Links about sun safety:

Links about sun safety

 

CDC skin cancer prevention

Sun Protection.net

Here is a link to a remarkable health information video about a serious type of skin cancer (melanoma): “Dear 16 year old me

Dear 16 year old me

 

Exercise

Regular exercise helps to prevent vascular disease and improves the health of cancer survivors:

Basic principles of physical activity

 

 

Cancer Survivors Who Stay Active Live Longer

 

 

Heart & Stroke Foundation Physical Activity

 

Diet

A diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit and low in saturated fats is also very important:

New healthy living guidelines for cancer survivors, cancer.org

 

 

Dietitians of Canada Cancer prevention

 

Avoid Smoking

If you have already had childhood cancer, you have an increased risk of tobacco associated cancers later in life (as well as lung and heart disease).

Canadian Cancer Society smoking

 

 

NCCN quitting smoking for cancer survivors

Heavy use of marijuana is also linked to an increase in lung cancer:

Marijuana use and risk of lung cancer

 

General Resources about prevention:

The Canadian Cancer Society has an excellent resource to explore about prevention and screening

Canadian Cancer Society general prevention resources