The chance of having cancer increases as a person ages. Though cancer cannot always be prevented, older adults and those who care for them should keep informed about measures that help lower the risk of cancer. Read on to find out more.
Regular Doctor Visits
Breast, colon, and skin cancer screenings should be done on a regular basis. During check-ups, doctors can check for skin abnormalities. Colonoscopies should begin at the age of 50, and older women should undergo mammograms every two years. Early identification is the key to stopping cancer before it becomes untreatable, and many forms of cancer may be treated if detected early.
Keep a Healthy Weight
Making sure that your loved one maintains a healthy weight is another way to avoid cancer from developing in the individual. Weight loss can reduce the risk of a variety of cancer, including those of the kidneys, colon, and prostate. Being overweight may be associated with elevated insulin levels, which are a risk factor for cancer.
Exercise has been shown to lower the risk of several types of cancer, including breast, colon, and prostate cancer. Make sure to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.
A healthy diet has been found to minimize the risk of cancer. Consuming plant-based food such as legumes, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits is one of the most effective strategies to fight cancer since many of these foods contain bioactive compounds that have anti-cancer qualities.
Professional caregivers can assist your loved one with meal planning and preparation. If your older loved one requires assistance in maintaining a good quality of life while aging, contact Discovery Village At Castle Hills. Our caregivers offer transportation to and from medical appointments and social engagements, daily exercise support, nutritional meal preparation, and help with daily duties such as laundry, housekeeping, grooming, and bathing.
Tobacco smoke contains 250 hazardous compounds, at least 69 of which are known to cause lung, larynx, throat, and mouth cancer. Cigarettes are not only bad for your loved one if they are the one smoking, but second-hand smoke can raise their risk of cancer. Those who smoke can lower their risk by quitting, and those who don’t should never start and avoid being near people who do.
Skin cancer is a direct outcome of sun damage and UV light exposure. However, the chance of developing this form of cancer can be lowered by taking certain measures, such as wearing clothing that covers the skin, seeking shade whenever possible, avoiding going outdoors between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and using sunblock with minimally 30 SPF. As they age, older adults may confront a range of obstacles, many of which may be alleviated with the assistance of trained caregivers who provide high-quality and personalized care services.
Come to Discovery Village At Castle Hills
When you stay at our senior living community, you can rest assured that you are receiving the best services available. With our Sensations Dining program, we offer a range of delicious and nutritious meals every day to keep you or your loved ones healthy.