Cancer Services of East Central Indiana – Little Red Door wants to improve the health of our community one step at a time. By making four simple lifestyle changes, you can drastically change your health, and help prevent chronic illnesses from occurring. Eating more fruits and vegetables, being physically active, avoiding tobacco, and visiting your doctor regularly can all help you achieve optimal health.
The Red Door Movement wants to help get our community moving and making positive lifestyle changes to prevent cancer. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and is unfortunately on the rise with each passing year. Research has shown that environmental factors do play a key role in the development of cancer Just by changing a few lifestyle choices, the chances of developing cancer are drastically decreased within one’s lifetime. Two-thirds of cancer related deaths are preventable. Don’t become a statistic in a preventable death.
Start Taking Steps Today:
The Proper Diet
- Try to eat plant based foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and beans.
- Try to consume more fiber, which helps to move cancer-causing compounds out of the body before they do harm.
- Limit your consumption of meat, especially red meat. Meat is an important part of your diet, but does little in preventing cancer.
- Try to maintain a healthy weight.
- Maintaining a healthy weight has been proven to be very influential in reducing the risk of breast, colon, prostate, lung, and kidney cancer.
- The CDC recommends to “engage in moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes, five or more days a week.”
- Smoking increases the risk of developing any type of cancer.
- Smoking is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States.
- Secondhand smoke can increase your risk of cancer by 20 – 30%.
- There are 250 harmful chemicals in tobacco and 69 of them have been proven to cause cancer.
Visit Your Doctor
- Have regular checkups and cancer screening tests.
- Cancer Screenings are not only great for early detection, but also prevention.
- Communicate with your doctor about family history of medical conditions.
- Be observant of your body and possible changes.