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Cancer claims millions of lives every year. Though treatment advancements have improved survival rates, prevention remains paramount in the fight against this pervasive disease. Cancer prevention entails a proactive partnership between patients and healthcare providers here at Horizon Family Medical Group and should encompass various strategies to thwart cancer initiation and progression.

Quit Smoking

One cornerstone of cancer prevention is smoking cessation. Tobacco use stands as a leading cause of numerous cancers, including lung, throat, and bladder cancer. By working with your healthcare provider here at Horizon, you can find help in counseling, support groups, and pharmacotherapy to quit smoking and reduce cancer risk and enhancing overall health.

Wear Sunscreen

Sun protection also plays a pivotal role in cancer prevention, particularly skin cancer. Regular application of broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak sun hours mitigate ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure, a significant risk factor for skin cancer development. Patient education regarding sun-safe practices coupled with dermatologist-led skin examinations enable early detection of suspicious lesions, further reinforcing preventive efforts.

Regular screenings tailored to individual risk profiles are also useful in cancer prevention. High-risk populations, such as those with a family history of cancer or certain genetic predispositions, benefit from personalized screening protocols aimed at early detection and intervention. Your dermatologist here at Horizon is uniquely trained to identify skin cancer issues early and get you the treatment you need.

Eat Healthy

Healthy lifestyle changes, including improving your diet and adding regular physical activity, complement cancer prevention endeavors. Consuming a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, while limiting processed foods and red meat, reduces cancer risk. Likewise, engaging in regular exercise not only promotes physical fitness but also reduces the chances of developing cancer by managing your hormone levels and boosting your immune function.

Make an appointment today with your healthcare provider here at Horizon Family Medical Group to get screened. A little prevention could save your life.

Call us at 1-800-859-0085 to make an appointment.