We hear it all the time, a healthy diet and an active lifestyle will improve our quality of life and lower the risk for health problems. Health experts now add, in some cases these two modifications can save your life.
Every day Bobbi Marino, an oncology nurse navigator with Lee Health, sees patients living with cancer. “We see on average between 12,000 and 13,000 patients a year. We have about 16,000 that actually come to the Regional Cancer Center for either doctor’s visits or treatments. If you’re healthy and active and doing everything right and you get diagnosed with a cancer, that activity and that healthy lifestyle that you’ve created is going to help you maintain a better outcome. You’re going to recover better. You’re going to go through chemotherapy better.”
Family history can play a major role in a cancer diagnosis, particularly colorectal, pancreatic, ovarian, and uterine cancer. These patients need to be proactive in getting screened and staying in tune with their body. “Some people are just more predisposed to that than others. Get up and move and be active. Stay away from smoking and cut back on the alcohol. Stay away from the fried fat foods and the smoked foods because those give you risks for colon cancer and esophageal cancer,” said Marino.
A healthy and active lifestyle gives your body the tools it needs to help prevent and fight a cancer diagnosis.
“If we can get ahead of this horrible disease of cancer we could prevent the amount of people that have to go through this diagnosis,” said Lee Health oncology educator Valerie Butram.
Making healthy choices today could help protect your body in the future.
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