Can you prevent cancer? Dr. Lawrence Piro, president of The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, says that most forms of the disease are preventable. He shares simple tips to extend your life and keep the doctor away. Often, people are so fearful of what the doctor will find that they will avoid making an appointment for as long as possible, even when they know something is wrong.
“Most cancers, when you detect them early, are curable,” Dr. Piro assures.
“It’s really important to know your body, so that way you’ll know if something different is coming up,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson adds.
Common warning signs of cancer:
• Change in bowel or bladder habits
• A sore that doesn’t heal
• Unusual bleeding or discharge
• Unusual lumps
• Changes in warts or moles
Cases of cancer have been declining in the United States, due mainly to three factors: less smoking, early detection and better treatments.
Ways to prevent cancer:
• Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, quit.
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day
• Vigorous exercise – 30 to 60 minutes per day, 5 days a week
• Wear sunscreen every day
• Get recommended cancer screening tests:
3. Prostate exam
4. Cervical exam