Thanks to ongoing advances in medical technology and knowledge, cancer prevention is possible with screening, vaccinations, and lifestyle changes. The providers at CN Internal Medicine in Alexandria and Lansdowne, Virginia, can create a personalized health and wellness plan that includes ways to prevent cancer. These primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are dedicated to offering their patients the highest quality medical care in a patient-friendly environment. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.
Not every cancer is preventable since some are related to genetics or things outside your control. However, many of the most common forms of cancer can be prevented with healthy habits, routine medical care, and appropriate screening studies. And even the cancers you can’t prevent are often very treatable, even curable when caught early.
Cancer prevention involves adopting a healthy lifestyle. Generally, a nutritional diet, routine exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent cancer.
These healthy habits also decrease your risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, which increases cancer risk. Something as simple as applying sunblock before you go outdoors can prevent skin cancer.
Routine preventive screenings, including colonoscopy, Pap smears, and annual skin exams, can prevent cancer by identifying colon polyps, abnormal cervical cells, or precancerous moles before they become malignant (cancerous). Your cancer risk declines once your provider removes the abnormal tissue.
Thanks to the HPV vaccine, recommended for people 9-45 and available at CN Internal Medicine, cervical cancer is now among the most preventable forms of cancer. The hepatitis B vaccine, available for all age groups, can prevent liver cancer related to the hepatitis B virus.
At CN Internal Medicine, your primary care provider develops a cancer risk profile and creates a personalized wellness strategy. This ensures you receive the appropriate cancer screening and vaccinations for your age and health status. Their team also works with you to develop a lifestyle that protects your overall health and well-being.
Cancers considered most preventable include:
Cancer prevention includes seeing your doctor whenever you notice variations in your skin health, bowel habits, voice quality, or other concerning symptoms.
Very often, these changes are related to issues other than cancer. However, putting off a visit can delay an accurate diagnosis and treatment. The health care professionals at CN Internal Medicine are dedicated to ensuring you enjoy as healthy and active a life as possible.
Schedule a visit today by calling the office or requesting an appointment using their secure online service.