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February is National Cancer Prevention month and a great time to remind your loved ones of the things they can do to help lower the risks of getting many of the common types of cancer.

Below is a list of things you can do to increase your odds of preventing or catching cancer early—early cancer detection could save your life.

Get screened

While we all battle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in our lives, it’s important to remember NOT to put off your regular health screenings. Regular screenings may help catch early signs of breast cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancers, and more.

If you haven’t scheduled your mammogram and need to, now’s the perfect time. If you haven’t scheduled your prostate exam, now’s the perfect time. And if you haven’t scheduled your annual wellness exams, you guessed it, now’s the perfect time. A little prevention can go a long, long way in helping you and your loved ones stay healthy and cancer-free.

Get vaccinated

We obviously recommend getting your flu and COVID vaccines, but don’t forget about the other vaccines that can help keep you safe and healthy. For example, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prevents many types of cervical cancer. The hepatitis B vaccine can also lower your risk for developing cancer of the liver.

The vaccines you or your family might need obviously depend on age and a myriad of other risk factors. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider today to ensure you’re up-to-date on all of your vaccines.

Get healthy

Making healthy eating choices combined with good, physical activity can go a long way in keeping you and your family well.

Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and cut unhealthy items to help maintain a healthy weight. Cut out any tobacco products, limit alcohol consumption, and wear sunscreen—even if you’re outside during the winter months.

Get an appointment

By taking the time to get screened, vaccinated, and choosing to get healthy, you’re doing all you can to reduce the risk of developing cancer—and catching it early so you can beat it. Make an appointment with us today by calling 1-800-859-0085.