The Bismarck Cancer Center (BCC) allows patients in our area to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment and caring support while staying close to home and loved ones. We have a highly-skilled and compassionate team of radiation therapists, medical physicists, nurses and dosimetrists working with your radiation oncologist to care for you during your treatment.
Dr. Kyle Russo
Ask A Pro- February 2018

Ask a Pro

Dr. Kyle Russo, Radiation Oncologist, BCC

Q:  What are some things I can do to help prevent me from getting cancer?

A:  There are more than 100 types of cancer in the world.  Even though this is an alarming number, by taking time to focus on cancer prevention, you can lower your risk of getting cancer and many cancer-related deaths can be prevented.

   While there are many cancer causing factors that you have no control over, you can incorporate important cancer prevention measures in your daily life.  A combination of a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy body weight are all key factors in cancer prevention.  It is also important to avoid known cancer causing substances: limit alcohol use, avoid tobacco, protect skin from sun, and avoid indoor tanning, just to name a few.

   Another important preventative step is making sure you get regular medical care.  Self-exams and screening for various types of cancers- such as cancer of the skin, colon, cervix, and breast-can increase your chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is more likely to be successful.

   Contact your healthcare provider to learn more about prevention and screening opportunities.  Prevention is the first step in fighting the battle.

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