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:
Some of the ways to stay healthy include:
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:
Here is a link to a remarkable health information video about a serious type of skin cancer (melanoma): “Dear 16 year old me”
Regular exercise helps to prevent vascular disease and improves the health of cancer survivors:
A diet with plenty of vegetables and fruit and low in saturated fats is also very important:
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).
Heavy use of marijuana is also linked to an increase in lung cancer:
General Resources about prevention:
The Canadian Cancer Society has an excellent resource to explore about prevention and screening