Make an OATH to yourself as a first step towards a healthier YOU!
Take baby steps towards making simple changes in your lifestyle, which can make a big difference in cancer prevention and early detection.
There are lifestyle choices that you can make to reduce your risk of cancer.
- Maintain a healthy diet, high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in fat.
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
- Include 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine and maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit your sun exposure by avoiding midday sun (10am-4pm) and using sunscreen.
- Follow up on your immunizations, which can help protect you from viral infections.
- Get screened! Self-exams and diagnostics are important and increase chances of early detection, which can lead to more successful treatments. Talk to your healthcare team about personal and family history.
Below please find additional resources on cancer prevention, healthier lifestyle, and early detection.
Prevention & Healthier Lifestyle Resources:
Cancer Prevention: 7 tips to reduce your risk by the Mayo Clinic
EatRight.org – Additional information about healthy eating
Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention by the American Cancer Society
MyPlate – Developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help people learn more about healthy eating and make healthy choices during meals
Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection: How do I protect myself from UV rays? by the American Cancer Society
Tobacco-Related Cancers Fact Sheet by the American Cancer Society
Early Detection Resources:
American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer
Cancer Screening – Recommendations from the American Society of Clinical Oncology
National Cancer Institute: Cancer Screening Overview
Oath to Me: Chronicles of an Empowered Patient
Quarter past nine, my knees buckle and go weak,
I make my way to reception—hardly able to speak.
I’m here for a sono/mammo I meekly declare,
That time of the year—dreaded scan of the “glam” pair.
Taking my seat, I demurely peer around the crowded room,
All twice my age-mature garden surrounding a fresh bloom.
Twisted knots and belly flops—I try and maintain composure,
A few minutes until game time—and a bit of indecent exposure.
A tangled web of genetics won’t seal my fate,
Annual exams early on—surely a step towards my escape.
The wrath of cancer has taken its toll—across the family tree,
I take the bull by the horns won’t “just let it” happen to me.
Empowered with knowledge and action—I will fight back,
Carefully masterminding my mode of attack.
Rigorous screenings—prevention and early detection are key,
Measures of success in my healthy lifestyle decree.
Wine in moderation and a health diet I strictly maintain,
Enjoying life to the max—laughter, friends, and long walks in the rain.
Physical activity—I always find a way to work it in,
Mind over matter, I am truly destined to win.
My “glam pair” is now coated in a gelatinous sheath,
As a frigid probe, gingerly scopes what’s beneath.
Holding my breath, I’m then pressed against a cool metal plate,
As what little is there is scanned—holding my fate.
Quarter to 10, I shed the dowdy hospital gown,
A fashion faux pas—duds not suitable out on the town.
Piece of cake—I think to myself—as I book next year’s date,
Same time, Same place—I promise not to be late.
“Veni, vidi, vici”—immediately comes to mind,
That fear of the unknown—I’ve left it all behind.
Oath to me: I solemnly swear to do my part,
Never take health for granted and play life wicked smart!
Krug, S. “Oath to Me: Chronicles of an Empowered Journal.” Oncology Times 33.6 (2011): 39.