- We are winning the war against cancer through screenings, more effective treatments, and reductions in exposure to risk factors. Americans dying of cancer continues to drop, though the rate of new cancers remains stable.
- Cancer is not one disease but dozens of diseases.
- Early detection is key.
- Cancer is primarily a disease of older people. The cancer can occur at any age, more cancers occur in people over 65. Certain factors that increase the risk of cancers include tobacco use, overexposure to sun, ionizing radiation, chemical exposures, some viruses, certain hormones, family history, alcohol abuse, physical inactivity, and obesity.
- Some cancers can be prevented. You can help by avoiding tobacco products, protect self from the overexposure to the sun, maintain a healthy body weight, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and limit alcohol consumption.
- Skin cancer is the most common cancer.
- Genes affect cancer risk.
- There are four primary cancer treatments. These include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and biologic therapy.
- Gender and ethnicity affect cancer risk.
- More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer today.
Resources: American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program, National Cancer Institute and the NCI Entertainment Education Program, National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results database
The Benefits of Being Active During and After Cancer Treatment
Any amount of physical activity is better than none at all. If you have or have had cancer, being physically active is safe and has lots of benefits. There is some evidence that being active and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of some cancers progressing or coming back.
Bellin offers our Cancer Fitness program for all patients. Cancer exercise specialists will work with you to get you started and keep you going. How much and what type of activity will depend on your preferences – you’re in control. Even the smallest increases in activity can have the following benefits:
- Lessen fatigue
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Strengthen heart and bones
- Improve circulation
- Improve sleep
- Prevent constipation
- Maintain a healthy weight
Nutrition plays a vital role in the fight against cancer. Our team includes registered and certified dietitians that are available to meet with you to help manage your nutrition needs before, during and after cancer treatment. Medical nutrition therapy is used to help cancer patients get the nutrients needed to stay strong. Eating habits can change during cancer treatment, and our team of dietitians will work with you along your cancer journey.
Appointments with a dietitian can be made with the Patient Admission Representative at the front desk of the Cancer TEAM or by calling 920-435-8326. You can also reach a dietitian for your immediate questions Monday through Saturday during normal business hours by calling 920-433-3545. In the event of an emergency in the non-business hours, Bellin’s team of talented TeleHealth nurses are available to guide you. For help during non-business hours, please call the Cancer TEAM at 920-435-8326.