Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Unveils Steps To Ensure A Healthy Life In Honor Of National Cancer Prevention Month

Newswise SEATTLE Each year more individuals worldwide die from cancer than malaria, tuberculosis and HIV combined. With research showing that many cancers can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is working to raise awareness of preventive tactics in honor of National Cancer Prevention Month.

In the past year, SCCA has intensified research efforts to highlight ways to improve the odds that a person can avoid cancer beyond current lifestyle strategies. This commitment to precision medicine is demonstrated through efforts to identify genetic risk factors, understand the biology of each patients specific disease and tailor therapies accordingly.

Whether its simply eating more greens or taking your dog out for an extra walk each day, the first step towards living a healthy lifestyle is identifying what small things can be altered in your routine to ignite change, said Scott Ramsey, M.D cancer prevention expert and head of Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research. The fact remains that people with a healthy lifestyle have a better chance of avoiding cancer and at SCCA were committed to not only turning cancer patients into cancer survivors, but also educating our community on how to help prevent their risk of cancer in the first place.

In February, SCCA also launched a new partnership with C89.5, Nathan Hale High Schools student run radio station, for the Do One Thing campaign that promotes healthy lifestyle choices for people of all ages. This campaign extends across radio, social media, and events, to help promote student generated messages about the importance of little steps towards a healthier lifestyle. SCCA suggests the following healthy lifestyle choices to help reduce the risk of cancer:

Avoid tobacco: Research shows that people who begin smoking as teenagers suffer more damage than those who begin smoking as adults. Model responsible behavior for your children. The best idea is to never smoke.

Exercise regularly: Exercising 30 minutes a day, three to four times a week may help decrease the risk of several types of cancer, including colorectal and prostate cancer.

Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day: Research shows that eating at least five servings a day can reduce the risk of bladder, colorectal, esophageal, lung, prostate, and stomach cancers. Plan your meals in advance to include fruits and veggies.

Maintain a healthy weight: By incorporating a healthy diet and a regular exercise program into your life, you can lose weight, keep it off, and improve your overall health and chances of getting certain cancers.

Limit time in the sun: Skin damage occurs over time and studies have shown that children tend to get 80 percent of their lifetime exposure by age 18. Limit the amount of time you and your children are in the sun, especially between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Limit alcohol consumption: One drink a day has been found to reduce some health risks, but it can also increase the risk of some types of cancer, such as breast cancer. Model good behavior and limit the amount of alcohol you drink.

Protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases: Preventable strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) are linked to 70 percent of all cervical cancer cases. Adolescent vaccination dramatically reduces a childs risk of transmitting or contracting cancer-causing HPV in adulthood. While vaccination is a great first step, it does not ensure complete protection and adults should still practice safe sex to fully protect themselves.

Get annual check-ups and screenings: Annual check-ups and screenings are the best line of defense in terms of early detection.

Learn your familys history of cancer and disease: Talk with your doctor about your family history of cancer and other diseases. Some types of cancer such as breast, colorectal, ovarian, and prostate cancers run in families.

For more information on SCCAs Prevention and Early Detection program please visit: http://www.sccablog.org/[1]

### About Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Childrens. Our goal, every day, is to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors. Our purpose is to lead the world in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

SCCA patients may be seen at the SCCA outpatient clinic on Lake Union, UW Medical Center, EvergreenHealth, and Northwest Hospital. Pediatric patients may be seen at the SCCA outpatient clinic and Seattle Childrens. If overnight hospital stays are necessary, adult patients go to UWMC and pediatric patients go to Seattle Childrens.

For more information about SCCA, visit www.seattlecca.org[2].

Media Contact: Stephany Rochon Nyhus Communications for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 202-213-2204 stephany.rochon@nyhus.com [3]


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    How The Computer Is Supporting Us In Our Healthy Lifestyle? How do computer helps people in their healthy lifestyle? How can The computer help people? Is it from websites? advertisements? I need it really badly. How can the computer is supporting to improve our healthy lifestyle. in what ways? How can computer promote the quality of healthy lifestyle. How can computer convince people to stop unnecessary things like drugs or alcohol? How can computer HELP us?
    AT least 6-8 points would do. thank you.

      • HealthNut
      • February 26, 2013

      The computer is not a healthy lifestyle for people. It programs us to thinking we can find everything on here. Jobs, pay bills, shop, everything! We can do that ourselves and it seems technology is taking the chores away from us, that can be easily done by human themself. The computer can help us though when we need to find information, imformation fast. Websites help us retain information, advertisements are just like commericals there just trying to sell or maniupulate us to buy whatever their advertising. The computer is not improving our healthy lifestyle. Peoples eyes can go out of sight and hurt very badly(like mine and i’m only 15 years old.) from years and years staring at the computer. The worst thing to stare at is a computer screen — I don’t know why I still do it for hours at end, but I do. The computer will never promote the quality of healthy lifestyle, its just not possible. The computer can convince people to stop drugs and alcohol but if you think about it would you rather have an obsession over the computer for hours at the day, you have to be near the computer you have to be on it then doing drugs or alcohol? The computer is just as bad addiction as alcohol and drugs. The computer cannot HELP us other then give us fast information when we need it. The computer although has so much information and so many untrusted sites you never know if what your reading is a lie. And I hope I get 10 points because I just wasted my time answering this long question, I hope you weren’t just asking this for the heck of this — I hope it was for some essay lol.

      Take care bye

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    How Can I Keep Up My Healthy Lifestyle Over Easter? I have been trying to keep a healthy lifestyle, build fitness and lose a little fat. But I am surrounded by Easter treats, mum has been baking loads, have Easter eggs from family and my bf wants to get me an Easter egg too. Don’t get me wrong, I love how sweet everyone is being, but all of this will just make me I’ll. What should I do?

      • HealthNut
      • February 26, 2013

      If you’d like me to be honest, I think that the healthiest lifestyles include enjoying things. So every now and then, let go of the fact that “something will make me fat” and enjoy it. I think that often as people we give up a large part of living just to stay skinny. I used to be that way, and as much as I told myself it was worth it, it really wasn’t. Enjoy it, and don’t go on a guilt trip over it.

      That being said, there are several things you can do to avoid extra treats. Stay away from the kitchen as much as possible, as well as where things are being served. When you get things, get just a small bit. I’ve noticed that with a lot of sweetbreads and cakes and such, a very thin slice takes just as long to eat as a thick one and is usually just as satisfying. If not, you can even get a second (which, sliced thinly enough, is still smaller than the thick slices would be). Another trick I’ve learned is “sharing”–if it is a roll or whatever, just eat half of it and “share” the other half with someone else (maybe someone else who either just wants half, or someone who wants more than one).

      Enjoy Easter!

    • Bob
    • February 26, 2013

    What Are Some Healthy Lifestyle Changes To Make? So I’ve started drinking more water. I drink Green, White, and Chai tea. I also bought the stainless steel water bottle, and I bike for about 20-30 minutes a day. I consider these healthy lifestyle changes. I was wondering if you could provide more suggestions along these lines.

      • HealthNut
      • February 26, 2013

      There are 5 elements in a healthy lifestyle.

      1. food
      2. exercise
      3. sleep
      4. happiness
      5. extra healthy things

      1. Food, we don’t really know that much about nutrition, we do know a blanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is good for you. Meat is pretty good, if it is lean and not eaten too often….ideally I might eat meat once or twice a week. A good healthy diet can include some indulgences.
      2. Exercise, you should do some. Though I don’t recommend routine exercise, cycle 2 or 3 times a week, join a social sports club, eg, tennis, go hiking on weekends, swimming is one of the best exercises for the whole body. If you vary your exercise, then you will enjoy it more and do more.
      3. Sleep. A lot of evidence says if you don’t get enough sleep you will have problems, eat more, metabolise your food differently and die young.
      4. Be happy, enjoy your life. Drink dance, eat chocolate, but not all day, everyday.
      5. Then there are all the little extras. eg, green tea (there is no such things as Chai tea….chai means tea, it is an indian word derived from the chinese word Cha, meaning tea), red wine, brocollie and beetroot, lots of things than can boost your body, ginger, garlice and hundreds of other things that you can add to your diet to make things a little better.

      Don’t obsess, don’t live by a book or a routine, just be healthy.

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    What Can Anyone Do To Promote A Healthy Lifestyle? What can institutions such as schools do and what can individuals do?
    What can the government put in place?
    What is the reason for the fact not a lot of people care about having a healthy lifestyle anymore?

      • HealthNut
      • February 26, 2013

      Schools can replace all or most of the canteen food with healthy options so they could replace chicken burger with tuna salad for example. Individuals can aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. The government can put a higher price up on junk food, therefore tempting more people to buy healthy food as it would become cheaper than it is now.

      The reason why people don’t care about a healthy lifestyle, is that junk food like burger and chips is quick and a convenience, as healthy meals takes time to prepare. Same with exercise maybe being time consuming and they have a busy schedule to be able to fit it all in.

    • Coco
    • February 26, 2013

    Is Dairy An Important Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle? I consume 3 servings of dairy in the first half of my day, and none later on. Is dairy important to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

      • HealthNut
      • February 26, 2013

      Calcium, not dairy specifically, is what’s important to a healthy lifestyle. Many other things have calcium like broccoli, nuts, fish, water, etc. The amounts are smaller though so you’d have to consume a lot more of them to get the calcium that you need, which is why people find it easier to get it through dairy. Our bodies don’t actually absorb all the calcium from dairy products very well because of the fat in them; that is why “western” societies actually have the highest rates of osteoperosis, where countries that don’t consume dairy products at all but get calcium from other sources, actually have stronger bones and very low rates of this disease.

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