Prevention and Screenings
Although you can’t completely prevent cancer, you can reduce your risk. A healthy lifestyle plus regular cancer screenings for early detection give you the best odds for a cancer-free life.
Tips for cancer prevention
Screenings are the best means of staying on top of your health and may also be the most effective prevention strategy.
We recommend these tips for a healthy lifestyle:
- Avoid tobacco: For help to quit, CHI Franciscan Health offers a Freedom from Tobacco program. Call us at 253-223-7538 for details.
- Maintain a healthy weight: You may need to lose weight if you’re overweight. Schedule a class or program, or attend a scheduled event through the Franciscan Community Cancer Program, by calling 253-426-6746.
- Get regular exercise: Physical activity reduces your risk of developing cancer and other chronic or acute diseases. We offer several walking programs in the area.
- Eat a healthy diet: Focus on eating more plants, including fruits and vegetables; legumes such as beans, peas and lentils; nuts and seeds; and whole grains. Limit high-fat animal foods, such as red meats and cheese. Find out how to put cancer prevention on your plate.
- Get the vaccines and screenings you need: Get yourself and your family vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the HPV vaccine for girls between 13 and 26 and for boys between 13 and 21 who have not yet been vaccinated. Talk with your doctor about the cancer screening guidelines for your age and gender. Find a primary care doctor.
Consider genetic counseling
People with hereditary cancer inherit a mutation in a cancer gene. The mutation can lead to a higher risk of developing cancer, often at a younger age. Our genetic specialists evaluate individuals and families affected by cancer to determine if their cancer is inherited. Learn more about the possible signs of hereditary cancer through our Clinical Cancer Genetics Program.
Learn more about all our cancer services at CHI Franciscan Cancer Care.