Your New Year's Resolution Could Help Prevent Cancer
Scientists estimate that about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented by eating a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
In their recent report, advanced prostate cancer was cited as the ninth type of cancer officially linked to overweight and obesity. Others include: esophageal, gallbladder, kidney, colorectal, post-menopausal breast, pancreatic, ovarian, and endometrial cancers.
Your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy and get more physically active may not only make you feel better, it could reduce your cancer risk!
NH CCC works collaboratively with partners, such as Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) and the American Cancer Society, to share resources and implement strategies to reduce cancer risk in New Hampshire. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
Featured Partner: Christine Howard
Christine Howard, LICSW, OSW-C, is Elliot Regional Cancer Center’s Oncology Resource Coordinator and is a NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration Board Member, co-chair of the Treatment and Survivorship Work Group, and member of the Palliation Work Group.
As the Oncology Resource Coordinator, she coordinates all of the support groups and services at the Cancer Center and provides support and resource referrals to cancer patients and their loved ones.
The Elliot offers many support groups and services that address the needs of cancer patients and their families as well as the growing population of cancer survivors. Some of the monthly support groups and events are targeted toward special groups such as survivors of certain diagnoses including lung, colon, and brain cancer.
There is a yearly educational symposium for breast cancer survivors and regular support and educational meetings for “previvors” (individuals who are genetically predisposed to a cancer diagnosis). The Cancer Center hosts skin and prostate cancer screenings and events focused on prevention. Patients also have palliative care specialists available and can take advantage of integrative therapies such as yoga, reiki, and massage.
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What Happens After You Get That Mammogram, NHPR, 12/18/14
DHHS offers help kicking the habit, Eagle Tribune, 12/17/14
Teens Now Reach For E-Cigarettes Over Regular Ones, NHPR, 12/17/14
Indoor tanning sends thousands to the ER each year: CDC, NY Daily News, 12/16/14
E-Cigarette Use on Rise for Teenagers, Study Finds, The New York Times, 12/16/14
China’s E-Cigarette Boom Lacks Oversight for Safety, The New York Times, 12/13/14
‘Warehouses for the dying’: Are we prolonging life or prolonging death?, Washington Post, 12/12/14
State Laws Prohibiting Sales to Minors and Indoor Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems — United States, November 2014, CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, pages 1-6, 12/12/14
FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV, FDA News Release, 12/10/14
Women with Dense Breasts Will Have to Look Beyond Ultrasound for Useful Supplemental Breast Cancer Screening, Dartmouth study informs national debate about screening, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 12/9/14
Grant aims to help UNH extinguish cigarettes, Fosters Daily Democrat, 12/2/14