The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently provides funds to all 50 states through the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP). The Iowa Cancer Plan outlines Iowa’s particular goals and targets for better controlling the impact of cancer in our state. While much needs to be accomplished on a social level, including increasing awareness, funding, and access to care, we can each do our part to exercise control over cancer in our lives and the lives of those close to us.
Cancer is not just one disease, and different cancers can arise from different causes. Nonetheless, following some basic health guidelines can reduce your chances of developing many types of cancer.
- Quit smoking or don’t start. SmokeFree.gov offers a wide range of tools to help make quitting manageable.
- Limit your alcohol consumption.
- Avoid other known carcinogens, such as radon and asbestos. (See extensive list of known and suspected carcinogens here.)
- Limit sun exposure, both for yourself and for others in your care.
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Remember that whole, home-cooked foods are always better than processed foods and usually better than what you get at a restaurant.
- Stay active. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that most healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise as well as two sessions of strength training per week.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Following the nutrition and exercise guidelines will naturally help you to do this. If you have trouble controlling your weight despite being active and eating a healthy diet, get the advice of your health care provider.
The American Cancer Society recommends routine screening for some common types of cancer. The guidelines below are for most adults; recommendations may vary based on an individual’s risk factors, including personal and family medical history. If you are in one of the following categories and have not had the appropriate screening tests, consult with your doctor to get your cancer screening routine on track. If obtaining screening is a financial hardship for you, help may be available. Check out the links below to see if you qualify for free services.
- Colorectal cancer: Men and women over 50 years old (Iowa Get Screened)
- Breast cancer: Women over 40 years old (Unity Point Pink Days)
- Cervical cancer: Women over 21 years old (Care for Yourself)
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