February is National Cancer Prevention Month

At Palo Verde Cancer Center, we’re proud to provide world-class cancer treatment to patients throughout the greater Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, and Payson areas in our 6 state-of-the-art cancer treatment facilities. But while we focus on helping patients overcome cancer of any type or stage, the truth is, the best way to fight cancer is to prevent it entirely. That’s why February is so important to us: February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and we think it’s an incredibly important cause. Taking the steps within your power to prevent developing cancer is the best approach to keeping yourself healthy over the entire course of your life, and there are a number of steps you can take to prevent cancer.

Steps You Can Take to Prevent Cancer

While we use the term “cancer” to talk about the disease in general, in reality, there are a wide variety of cancerous conditions, and each condition has its own specific set of steps for prevention. That said, there are simple things you can do to bring your overall risk of developing cancer down. Follow these simple tips to minimize your risk of cancer and help keep yourself healthy throughout your entire life:

  • Maintain a Healthy Diet: Food is critical to your bodily health, and that includes preventing cancer. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet that’s low in sugar, fat, and carbohydrates while including many fruits and vegetables is a great way to minimize your general risk of cancer.
  • Exercise Regularly: Exercise helps keep your heart, cardiovascular system, and brain healthy, and it also minimizes your risk for cancer. Get regular cardiovascular and muscular exercise to keep yourself healthy and prevent cancer.
  • Avoid Alcohol & Tobacco: While alcohol directly causes liver cancer and tobacco directly causes mouth, throat, and lung cancer, they both can increase your risk of developing cancer in general. Avoid any alcohol and tobacco products to give yourself the best chance of avoiding cancer entirely.
  • Regular Screenings & Appointments: Short of outright prevention, the best way to fight cancer is to diagnose and treat it early. Maintaining a regular schedule of preventative screenings gives you the best chance of discovering cancer early on, when it’s easier to treat. This increases the likelihood that treatment will be effective and gives you the best shot at beating cancer in the long run.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Phoenix, AZ Cancer Treatment Center

It’s never too late to start down the path of cancer prevention, and there are steps you can take to minimize your risk no matter what stage of life you are. We hope you found these tips informative, and we encourage you to take February as a chance to consider the risks of cancer in your own life and take steps to reduce it. But prevention isn’t the only solution to cancer, and if you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed, the treatment team at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists is here to help. We’re proud to have helped countless patients overcome cancer, reclaiming a healthy, normal life, and we’d be thrilled to do the same for you. If you’d like to learn more about us or our services, we encourage you to call us today at one of our offices – and if you’d like to schedule an appointment for a consultation or second opinion, just reach out to us at our contact page. We hope to hear from you soon, and we wish you a happy National Cancer Prevention Month!

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