At the start of a new year, many people reflect on the previous year and think about what they want to accomplish in the year to come. Having good health should always be on the list of things to accomplish in the New Year. Many people want to lose weight or start eating healthier. For those who are at risk for cancer, there’s no better time like the present to take action towards preventing cancer disease in 2017. Here are a few ways you can help prevent cancer in 2017, and start living a healthier life in the process.
Smoking is one of the most common causes of various types of cancer. Smoking tobacco can lead to lung cancer, mouth cancer, kidney cancer, pancreas cancer and others. Chewing tobaccos is linked to multiple oral cancers and pancreatic cancer. Even if you don’t use tobacco yourself, second-hand smoke can still increase your risk of cancer. Try to make 2017 a tobacco-free year by eliminating any tobacco habits and choosing smoke-free environments to visit. Go to iquitfor.com to learn how you can make the pledge to quit smoking today!
Eating healthy foods leads to natural cancer prevention. Developing new healthy eating habits, such as eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and keeping your cupboard stocked with cancer prevention foods is a good way to kick off 2017 right. Learn what foods to buy to keep your kitchen stocked with healthy, cancer-fighting foods. Then, see these cancer-fighting foods and start eating healthier today. Finally, follow these basic healthy living guidelines:
Limit the amount of time you spend sitting every day. Growing evidence suggests that the amount of time spent sitting is linked to increased likelihood of developing cancer. Instead, try to add an exercise routine to your day. Studies also suggest that regular exercise can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 18 percent. Of course, preventing cancer isn’t the only reason you should take up exercise in 2017. Learn more about the importance of exercise here.
Getting routine medical care, including annual check ups and cancer prevention screenings, can help you identify your cancer risk and help prevent cancer-related deaths. Because early detection saves lives, people should be getting regular cancer prevention screenings to detect problems before they develop. Make 2017 your year to start getting those regular cancer screenings and seeing a medical professional for a regular check-up at least once a year.
January is a great time to create new habits to prevent cancer in 2017. Set your body up for good health and your likelihood of cancer development will decrease during the year. Visit www.cccnevada.com to learn more about cancer prevention and get cancer patient resources. Let us be your cancer-preventing ally in 2017, and together we can help reduce the rate of cancer.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) is the award-winning multidisciplinary oncology group comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery and pulmonary medicine, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. The practice’s specialized physician and nursing staff offers sophisticated diagnostic tools, the latest advances in cancer treatment, a full range of innovative, exclusive services and research-based care in a supportive and caring environment. To make an appointment, call 702-952-3350.
While it remains cold outside, heat up your kitchen with a cancer-fighting soup recipe that will keep you warm and fighting cancer all winter long. There are many healthy recipes for cancer patients to try all year long. This recipe is perfect for long, cold days and for anyone looking to eat a little healthier, regardless of a cancer diagnosis.
The key to healthy eating is taking the recipes we love and adding a little extra boost with cancer-fighting ingredients. This cancer-fighting recipe is rich in fiber, vitamin C and other vegetable nutrients that prevent cancer and promote healthy eating. Try this cancer-fighting recipe in the kitchen today.
Heat virgin oil in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Add chopped onion, red pepper, potatoes, celery and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add Fennel and saute for another 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and saute another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add basil and lemon pepper, then stir to mix. Add broth, vinegar, and salt for taste. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool, and serve with fresh parsley.
At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an award-winning oncology group, we’ve spent the last 35 years providing cancer treatment services and participating in clinical research to improve cancer treatment and prevent cancer. Visit our website to discover cancer patient resources, diet, and nutrition advice, and other cancer-fighting recipes to try.
January is cervical cancer awareness month. The beginning of the year is the time to raise awareness for this type of cancer and get screened if you haven’t already done so.
Cervical cancer is one of the most common and preventable forms of cancer in America. Cervical cancer death rates of decreased significantly over the last 20 years due to the increased use of advanced cancer screening tests, like Pap smears and vaccinations.
The first and most important way to get involved in cervical cancer awareness is promoting the use of Pap smears and getting this cancer screening done annually if you are a woman.
Cervical cancer can still be a deadly disease for those who do not have access to regular cancer screenings. Whether due to lack of education or lack of available resources, it’s important we take this month and all year to raise awareness about the dangers of cervical cancer and how to prevent it.
Women diagnosed with cervical cancer do not have to face this battle alone. Services offered through cancer.org and Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada can help assist any woman in need of cervical cancer treatment.
Another way you can get involved in raising awareness of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is with the use of social media. Use the following hashtags to join the conversation online and spread the word about cervical cancer awareness:
If you have not gotten cancer screening with a Pap smear in the last 12 months, January is the perfect time to get screened and help raise awareness for other women to receive screenings, too.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has over 35 years of experience treating a variety of common and rare cancers. Our specialists include breast surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and more. Our cancer treatment services include chemotherapy, hematology, breast surgery, radiosurgery, and medical oncology, all of which can assist the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological cancers such as cervical cancer. Visit our website for cancer patient resources and to learn more about our various cancer treatment services.
The holiday season is traditionally a time when families and friends get together to celebrate. This may require extensive traveling across city and state lines to visit loved ones. Traveling around the holidays can be difficult. Traveling with cancer during the holidays can bring new challenges and obstacles. If you are diagnosed with cancer and are planning on traveling this holiday season, follow these tips to prepare.
Before securing your travel plans, our number one piece of advice is to talk to your doctor about the best way to travel this holiday season. For some cancer patients currently undergoing certain types of cancer treatment, your oncologist may advise against flying. They will have other recommendations for you as well and may suggest ways to avoid feeling sick or fatigues during travel.
Avoiding long flights alone is a good reason to steer clear of international travel. For cancer patients, staying in one seat for a long period of time can cause pain and potentially blood clots. Limited access to emergency help in case of a medical emergency is another reason to avoid international flights. It is best to stay in a country in which you can easily access medical care in your native language when fighting cancer this holiday season.
If you are planning on going overseas for an international flight over the holiday season, ensure that all your vaccinations are current. Talk to your doctor first to make sure there will be no complications with getting a certain vaccination during cancer treatment.
Before leaving for holiday travels, it is important to plan out how much medication you will need ahead of time for your cancer treatment and side-effects. Talk to your doctor about prescribing the appropriate amount of medication to take during travel time. If you are taking morphine based drugs and are planning on flying, you may need to make special arrangements with the airline, including a letter from your doctor. Take a copy of your prescriptions just incase your medication goes missing or is stolen, so you can get them replaced if need be.
If you are planning to fly this holiday season and you need to use an oxygen supply, talk to the airline about what special arrangements will need to be taken beforehand. Many airlines allow in-flight oxygen but will require a letter from your doctor and at least 48 hour notice.
Travel insurance is a must for anyone with cancer or another serious medical condition. Hospital stays in other places can become expensive, and it’s best to be safe than sorry. Afterall, that is why we get insurance.
Plan your trip weeks or even months in advance if you can. Take the time to talk to your oncologist about traveling with your type of cancer and include the following on your travel checklist:
Whether you are traveling across the country this holiday season or across the county, it is always important to plan ahead. Cancer patients must be specially prepared to take care of themselves during travel time.
At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, we want to ensure all local and traveling cancer patients stay safe and healthy this holiday season. Contact us on our website at www.cccnevada.com to learn more about how to travel with your type of cancer this holiday season.
A cancer diagnosis can have many causes, some known and some unknown. One possible way to develop cancer is due to family history, or genetics. Ever hear of the theory: nature versus nurture? The two factors at odds here are genetics and environment. For many, a cancer diagnosis can be traced back to factors in their genes, their environment, or both. To help prevent cancer, one can change environmental factors such as quitting smoking or changing their eating habits. But it’s not possible to change our genes. So how important are genes to the diagnosis of cancer and what percentage of cancer is genetic?
Genetics, the field of science that examines how parents pass down traits to their children, includes looking at pieces of DNA, called genes, to determine traits such as eye color, height, and even medical diseases like cancer. Genetics has evolved in the past few years, giving us a better understanding of the development of cancer and how certain inherited changes in genes can lead to the development of cancer.
The good news is cancer inherited through genetics represents only a small portion of all cancer diagnoses. However, certain types of cancer mutations do seem to run in some families. For the most part, cancer tends to start because of the random gene mutation that may happen during the course of living. Many of these gene mutations happen because of external factors like smoking or radiation. Sometimes, these gene mutations occur at random with no clear cause as to what happened in a particular cell.
Genetic testing is available and recommended for people who tend to have certain types of cancer run in their family’s bloodline. There are hundreds of different types of genetic tests used today, and they can be useful for determining many different medical conditions. But genetic testing for cancer is not always recommended, especially if you do not have a family history of certain types of cancer.
Keep in mind that many of these cancer types on this cancer genes list can also occur without inherited gene mutation. Genetic testing is not a one-all solution. Should you get genetic testing for cancer risk? If you have one or more of the following, you should consider getting a genetic test for cancer.
Genetic testing for cancer screening is not for everyone. Even when it’s used, keep in mind that the information the screening result will provide is limited. Genetic testing does not give precise answers. It only states if you have a particular mutation of the gene. In other words, the test won’t say that you will get cancer. It simply produces the likelihood that it might happen. A positive result does not always lead to cancer, and a negative result does not mean you are immune from developing the disease.
Learn more about your family’s connection between cancer and genetics by taking Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Hereditary Cancer Quiz. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is an award-winning oncology group. We want to help cancer patients and their families to be aware of their family history and understand their risk for developing cancer due to genetics. Take our cancer quiz to learn if you may be at risk for developing cancer and a genetic test will be recommended. To make an appointment, call 702-952-3350.
There are more than 7 million cancer survivors as of January 2016—more than ever before. Many people who fought and beat cancer have valuable life lessons to share with those who might be newly diagnosed, going through treatment or supporting a loved one in treatment. These important lessons are also valuable for anyone who might be having a challenging time.
Surviving cancer is very important reason to celebrate life, but it doesn’t have to be the only reason. Take the time to stop and celebrate life a little more often. Realize you don’t have to work so hard to find happiness. Work smarter and not harder and celebrate and enjoy the little things in life.
Surviving cancer can give you a new perspective on what’s important in life, including the dreams you still have or life questions you never asked. Asking yourself the big questions will help you follow your dreams. Remember to only pursue what you truly want in life.
There is no time like the present to let go of the past. Cancer survivor life lessons almost always include a lesson on forgiveness. Forgiving and letting go of the past will give you the peace of mind to be happy.
The human body is remarkable. It can overcome many obstacles including cancer. Surviving cancer has made many people look in the mirror and notice their strength and beauty instead of their flaws. Now is the time for all of us to do the same.
Surviving cancer can add a lot of perspective to how you view and represent yourself. But you don’t have to survive cancer to begin truly expressing yourself to those around you. Cancer survivors remind us not to be afraid of being ourselves.
Life lessons from cancer survivors allow us all the opportunity to appreciate life a little more. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is dedicated to providing quality care and compassion to cancer patients in Southern Nevada. Visit our website at www.cccnevada.com to learn more.
Holidays are right around the corner. For many, the holidays include lots of delicious food. This season, get into the holiday spirit with yummy holiday food and potentially prevent cancer with cancer-fighting ingredients.
The holiday season is always a good time to make a delicious roasted turkey. But now, you can make your holiday meal with a few extra cancer-fighting ingredients. This cancer-fighting turkey recipe includes herbs and spices that give your immune system a boost to help prevent cancer.
1 turkey breast, whole
1 teaspoon of coriander seed
1 teaspoon of fennel seed
1 tablespoon of finely chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon of freshly chopped sage
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
⅛ teaspoon of ground pepper
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
This cancer-fighting recipe is perfect for the holiday season. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, wants to help each and every cancer patient, and their families, enjoy a seasonal meal that is healthy and may help prevent cancer as well. Discover more cancer-fighting recipes on our blog with new recipes posted monthly. Visit our website at www.cccnevada.com to learn more about our cancer treatment services and patient resources.
At Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN), our mission is to provide groundbreaking cancer treatment and research for patients in Southern Nevada and from out of state.
The number one cause of cancer-related deaths in Nevada is lung cancer. Approximately 1700 new cases of lung cancer are expected to be diagnosed in Nevada each year. In fact, Nevada residents have a higher rate of a lung cancer diagnosis than our neighboring states. Because more people are diagnosed with lung cancer in Nevada, CCCN felt it was important to expand its services to diagnose and treat lung cancer patients and others suffering from pulmonary related diseases.
Last year, CCCN added a pulmonary division to our multidisciplinary practice in an effort to offer more services to patients in our community. Lung Center of Nevada, a division of CCCN, provides services for patients with pulmonary diseases and sleep disorders.
Pulmonary or lung diseases refer to medical conditions related to the lungs. Common lung diseases include lung cancer, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic cough and emphysema. Those with nicotine dependence are at a high risk for developing a lung disease. Smokers and those at risk for a pulmonary disease should watch for symptoms and warning signs and know when to seek professional help.
Our team of highly trained and board-certified pulmonologists, nurses and respiratory therapists provide the best treatment possible for patients with lung diseases and sleep disorders. Our multidisciplinary approach helps patients with a variety of pulmonary related diseases get the treatment they need. Pulmonary lung conditions we commonly treat at the Lung Center of Nevada include the following:
Lung Center of Nevada also treats patients sleep disorders at the Desert Sleep Disorders Center. The center is run by four board-certified sleep medicine doctors and a highly strained staff of nurses and technicians. Our team of professionals work together to provide the most progressive treatment for patients with sleep disorders, focusing on patient concerns to provide the best quality of service. Sleep-related disorders treated by the Desert Sleep Disorders Center include sleep apnea, insomnia, night terrors, nocturnal seizures, REM behavior disorders, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement of sleep. See these common symptoms for various sleep disorders and seek help if you experience some of these symptoms.
Visit our Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine service page to learn more about these services and the type of treatment we provide.
“Cancer may have started the fight, but I will finish it.” – GotCancer.org
Cancer affects all of our lives. Whether we experienced the disease ourselves or experienced the cancer journey with a loved one, each of our lives has been touched by cancer. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada wants to provide resources and support for cancer patients and their families. We’ve compiled this list of quotes meant to inspire cancer patients to keep fighting and never give up hope.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was a psychiatrist and author of the book On Death and Dying, which first introduced the theory of the Five Stages of Grief.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.
Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States while Franklin D. Roosevelt served from 1933 to 1945.
“You don’t always have to hold yourself together…” – II Corinthians 12:9
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher.
Mary Anne Radmacher is an author and speaker, well-known for her quotes about life.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills
Cayla Mills has a website dedicated to providing a platform for cancer patients to tell their stories. This is a place for cancer patients to find and share their own thoughts, feelings and inspiration through illness.
“At any given moment you have the power to say this is NOT how the story is going to end.” – Author Unknown.
We hope these quotes inspire you to continue fighting through your cancer journey as a cancer patient and caregiver.
This article was brought to you by Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the research, treatment and care of cancer, serious blood disorders, lung disease and sleep disorders. Visit our website at www.cccnevada.com to learn more about our mission.