Oklahoma's ProCure Proton Therapy Center advises on cancer risk factors and prevention
February is National Cancer Prevention Month
OKLAHOMA CITY (February 1, 2017) - In 2017, an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed within the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Of those, 18,710 are expected in Oklahoma. February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City is offering advice for Oklahomans to monitor their health and know the cancer risks and symptoms.
"More than 130,000 cancer patients have been treated with proton therapy to-date with minimal side effects when compared to traditional radiation therapy," said Dr. Gary Larson, ProCure Proton Therapy Center medical director. "Oklahomans should pay attention to common risk factors and symptoms, as the odds for successfully treating cancer are much higher with an early diagnosis."
In observance of National Cancer Prevention Month, ProCure is providing the following information to stay informed on common cancers, including breast, prostate and lung, and the associated risk factors:
Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Increased body weight, decreased physical activity and poor diet have all been linked to breast cancer. Staying active and making healthy food choices, such as focusing on plant-based foods, are proven ways of lowering your risk of breast cancer diagnosis.
Screen yourself regularly. It is easier to successfully treat breast cancer when it is found early and while it is small. Women at the age of 40 and older are advised to receive an annual mammogram and clinical breast exam, as well as to perform routine self-exams. A lump or hard knot inside of the breast or underarm are among the most common symptoms.
Men over 50 should discuss regular PSA screenings with their doctor. For men at higher risk, having conversations with a doctor should begin at the age of 40 to define a proper care plan. Regular screenings and monitoring the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood are among the most effective ways to detect prostate cancer in a curable stage.
Eat well, and stay active. Studies have found that obese men are more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form of prostate cancer than men at a healthy weight. A diet with plenty of vegetables or fish may be linked with a lower risk of prostate cancer, as well as a diet that is high in calcium intake. Eating at least two and a half cups of a wide variety of vegetables and fruits combined with being physically active and staying at a healthy weight can assist in reducing the risk.
Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. In 2017, an estimated 222,5000 new cases of lung cancer are expected to be diagnosed within the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. Smoking is the leading risk factor and is estimated to be the cause of 80 percent of cancer deaths. Approximately 7,000 nonsmoking adults die because of lung cancer each year in the United States.
There are risk factors outside your control. In addition to smoking, other risk factors include family history, age, gender and ethnic background. For instance, women are less likely to have lung cancer compared to men, and black men are approximately 20 percent
more likely to develop lung cancer than white men. It is important to have a conversation with your physician to monitor your health and be prepared with a personalized care plan.
"It's important to schedule annual physical exams and talk with your physician to develop a screening and care plan that is right for you,” said. Dr. Larson. "Staying at a healthy weight, maintaining a well-balanced diet and resisting smoking are ways to decrease the risk of cancer, and boost your quality of life overall."
If you are diagnosed with cancer, it is important to be aware of all the treatment options available. Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. One type of radiation is proton therapy, an alternative to traditional radiation that more accurately targets cancerous tissue, sparing healthy tissue and critical surrounding organs from unnecessary radiation. Learn more at procure.com.
ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City is dedicated to improving the lives of patients with cancer by increasing access to proton therapy, an alternative to traditional radiation. Protons target tumors more precisely, sparing healthy surrounding tissue from unnecessary radiation. The center opened in July 2009 as the sixth operational proton therapy center in the United States. Today, ProCure is the only proton therapy center operational in Oklahoma and one of less than two dozen in the country. ProCure is dedicated to excellent patient care and advancing proton therapy through innovation and improvements in technology. For more information, visit procure.com/ok.
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