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Fighting Preventable Cancers: Texas Oncology Encourages a Healthy Summer Lifestyle
Date:5/27/2009

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"A person's cancer risk is dependent on a variety of factors, but it's evident that eating better and exercising more to maintain a healthy weight, going for routine screenings, and protecting oneself from the sun can lead to fewer cancer diagnoses," said Dr. Hari Kalla, a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Abilene. "By making simple changes to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, Texans can realize the full range of healthful benefits the season offers."

Eat Right! Take advantage of summer's nutrient-rich bounty for improved health.

Overall, managing weight and eating a well-balanced diet full of powerful nutrients may bolster cancer and other body defenses as part of a healthy lifestyle. One of the healthiest ways to reduce calories is to limit the intake of sugars, saturated fats, trans fats, and alcohol, and to include more healthy foods like nutrient-packed produce. The following diet recommendations from the American Cancer Society will contribute to better overall nutrition: substituting whole grains for refined or processed grains; limiting processed and red meats, foods preserved with salt, and fat; no more than one alcoholic drink daily for women and two for men; at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily; and drinking plenty of water every day.

The summer season is full of fruits and vegetables at their peak, and as an added bonus, buying in-season produce is generally less expensive. To read more tips on healthy nutrition that will lower the risk of disease, click here.

Remember Check-ups! Summer's slower pace makes scheduling screenings
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