Know the Facts

Eat a Healthy Diet

Did you know that an estimated 1/3 of the 1.4 million cancers that occur every year in the United States could be prevented, in part, by making healthier food choices? (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Eating fruits and vegetables daily can lower your risk of developing cancer.  Choose My Plate offers great tips on how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet and explains why it’s important!

Though food consumption is the biggest part of healthy diet, it’s also important to remember to drink more water every day and cut out sugar-sweetened beverages.

Increase Physical Activity

Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week, and children need at least 60 minutes every day.

Regular physical activity is important as more and more research claims that sitting for 6 or more hours daily can elevate your chances of dying from cancer and other major diseases (ACS)

Easy ways to increase daily physical activity may include standing up every hour at work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking further away at the grocery store or mall.

Avoid Tobacco

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.  In fact, 50% of smokers will die as a direct result of smoking.

It’s important to know that there is no safe way to use tobacco.  Other forms of tobacco such as smokeless tobacco, hookah, and e-cigarettes are not proven safe alternatives to the traditional cigarette.  Instead, there are many replacement medicines that can be used as FDA approved cessation methods.

If you or someone you know needs help quitting, please call 1-800-QUITNOW

Protect Your Skin

The truth is that anyone can get skin cancer.  However, most skin cancers are preventable!

A common myth is that a tan indicates good health, but that isn’t true.  A tan is a response to injury, because skin cells signal that they have been hurt by UV rays. (CDC).

Some tips to help protect your skin include wearing sunscreen when outside, avoid indoor tanning, cover up with a hat or sunglasses, and check your skin monthly for any changes.

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Do you need more information on cancer? Below are some of the resources that can be used to look up more information on a specific cancer type or help you locate additional support services in our community.

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Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care

Up to 50% of cancer patients in active treatment use some form of complementary therapies; and research suggests that complementary therapies should be included in integrative oncology treatment as they can improve quality of life, maximize effectiveness of conventional treatments, and promote active patient decision-making.  Based on client demographics and local cancer statistics, there are several opportunities for the enhanced application of the complementary therapies offered through Little Red Door Cancer Agency.

Breast Health Disparities for African American Women

In the state of Indiana, African American women have a 38% higher chance of dying of breast cancer than White women. The risk increases by an additional 4% for African American women in Marion County.  Little Red Door has gathered research to explore racial disparities in breast cancer mortality for African American women and provide an overview of the literature surrounding the epidemiology and theories behind this increasing trend.

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