Up to two-thirds of all cancer cases could be prevented if people applied everything known about cancer prevention to their lives, according to the American Cancer Society. By committing to a healthier lifestyle, you can reduce your risks for many cancers.
Four steps to start you on your way:
Include more fruits and vegetables and whole grains in your diet and choose meals low in fat and calories. You can reduce your risk of cancer by as much as 30 to 40% by making healthier food choices. In fact, some foods can actually help protect against certain cancers. Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation. Drinking has been linked to colon, breast and liver cancers and when combined with smoking, greatly increases the risk of head and neck cancer.
Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to be healthy. For many people, looking for ways to work in activity during the day, rather than planning a formal, vigorous exercise program, is the most effective way to achieve the recommended levels (at least 30 – 45 minutes a day, at least five days per week) of physical activity.
Tobacco products (including smoking, chewing and dipping tobacco) are a major cause of cancers of the lung, larynx, oral cavity, pharynx and esophagus and can contribute in the development of cancers of the bladder, pancreas, uterine cervix, kidney, stomach, and some leukemias.
Smoking is responsible for:
- 87% of all lung cancer cases
- 30% of all deaths from cancer
- Raising the risk of developing more than eight types of cancer
- Can contribute to heart disease and stroke
- Low birth rate in newborns and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. More than one million cases of non melanoma skin cancer are found in this country each year, most of those are considered to be sun-related. A few simple precautions can help you reduce your exposure to the sun.
- Avoid the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- If you must be outside, wear hat, shirt, pants (if possible) or Sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater
- Wear a hat. Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat, shading your face, ears, and neck.
- Wear sunglasses with 99-100 percent UV absorption to provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.
- During your yearly physical have your doctor check any changes in moles or birthmarks.
Screenings offered through St. Dominic’s Cancer Services:
St. Dominic’s Cancer Services offers a free skin cancer screening to the public during late spring each year. Spots are limited and registration is required. These screenings include a full-body scan provided by a specialty physician. The physicians let patients know if they have any dangerous skin lesions at the screening appointment and they make recommendations accordingly.
To find out about the next free skin cancer screening, please call (601) 200-3070.
St. Dominic’s LUNG CANCER Screening is only $129
St. Dominic’s was awarded a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance
Lung cancer screenings for individuals with a high risk for lung cancer are offered at St. Dominic Hospital.
- Initial RN consult and risk assessment
- Low dose CT scan (without contrast)
- 24 hour follow up with results
- Connection to St. Dominic’s multi-disciplinary team for thoracic oncology (radiologist, pulmonology, thoracic surgery, pathology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, primary care network)
- 55–80 years of age
- 30 or > pack years of smoking
- Current smoker or quit within the past 15 years
Calculate smoke pack years link: www.smokingpackyears.com
For additional questions, please call
601-200-3300 (St. Dominic’s Cancer Services)
Early Detection Saves Lives
- The goal of screening exams for breast cancer is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms (like a lump that can be felt).
- Digital Mammography
- Breast Ultrasound
- Bone Density
- Breast MRI (available at St. Dominic’s Hospital)
- Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
- Stereotactic Guided Biopsy
- MRI Guided Biopsy
When Do I Start?
- Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
- If you have a family history of breast cancer, talk with your physician about the right time for your screening.
Where Can I Receive My Screening Exam?
For your convenience, St. Dominic’s offers mammography services with our state-of-the art equipment and individualized care at two American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited locations:
St. Dominic’s Center for Women’s Health
371 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Madison Medical Imaging (MMI)
St. Dominic’s Highland Medical Arts building
106 Highland Way, Madison, MS
*Mammography images from both locations are read and interpreted by the same team of St. Dominic’s physician partners, Lakeland Radiologists.
Call St. Dominic’s at (601) 200-6732 to schedule a screening mammogram appointment.