Posted by Andie on September 26, 2010
It's time to THINK PINK!
Between Sept. 26 and October 5, We are making a donation to support cancer research, treatment and prevention at the primary cancer research and treatment center in each of our markets. Our goal is to also raise cancer awareness by inviting you to start thinking pink!
While ultimately you can't control cancer, research suggests that there are plenty of things that you can be doing every day to help reduce your risk of getting cancer. 'Thinking Pink' is taking control of your own health by making positive lifestyle changes.
Visit our Think Pink Contest Page, where you can leave your personal pledge to think pink! Every day, a random pledge will be chosen to win one of our Think Pink Prizes!
Here are some of the ways you can Think Pink.....
1. Don't smoke or chew tobacco. Tobacco, including secondhand smoke, increases cancer risk and can cause other long-term health complications.
Smoking Cessation Podcast
2. Maintain a healthy body weight and get regular physical activity.
3. Reduce consumption of high-fat, sugary, and highly processed foods and drinks.
4. Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Reduce consumption of red meat and meat that is cured or smoked.
5. Limit your sun exposure. Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and wear protective clothing or seek shade when outdoors.
6. Limit alcohol consumption. The American Cancer Society suggests limiting intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women, and women at high risk of breast cancer may want to consider not drinking any alcohol.
7. If you work with or near harmful chemicals, follow protective measures carefully.
8. Protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, females age 9-26 have the option to get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus; these vaccinations can help prevent cervical cancer.
9. Get to know your family health history, and share any illness patterns or concerns you have with your doctor.
10. Perform skin, breast, and testicular self-exams that can aid in the early detection of these cancers.
11. Find stress-reducing activities you enjoy, such as meditation, yoga, reading, or exercising. Reduced stress aids in overall wellness and can improve immune system function.
- Steps to reduce your risk of Cancer by the Huntsman Cancer Institute of Utah
Utah Cancer Resources
* Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hospital
* Huntsman Online Patient Education
* Utah Cancer Control Program
* Utah Cancer Resource and Education for Women
* Cancer Wellness House
* Rocky Mountain Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer
* Comunidades Unidas
* Reel Recovery
* Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
* American Cancer Society
* Colon Cancer Alliance
* Utah Pain Initiative
Idaho Cancer Resources
* St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute
* Comprehensive Cancer Alliance for Idaho
* A Better Way Coalition
* American Lung Association of Idaho/Nevada
* Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
* Cancer Data Registry of Idaho
* Environmental Health
* Idaho Careline
* Idaho End-of-Life Coalition
* Operation Pink Bag
* Project Filter
* Rural Health
* Saint Alphonsus Women's Healthcare Fund/Ovarian Cancer
* Vital Statistics
* Women's Health Check
Reno-area Cancer Resources
Las Vegas-area Cancer Resources
* Nevada Cancer Institute
* Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer
* Leukemia Lymphoma Society
* Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Nevada
* National Cancer Institute
* Southern Nevada Health District
* Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
* Access to Healthcare Network
* Prostate Cancer Resource
* Women's Cancer Center
* Nevada Cancer Research Foundation
Sacramento-area Cancer Resources
* UC Davis Cancer Center
* Albie Carson Breast Cancer Foundation
* Save Ourselves Breast Cancer Resource Center
* Knock out Breast Cancer
* California Department of Public Health - Cancer Detection Programs
* Improving Access, Counseling and Treatment for California Men with Prostate Cancer
* California Breast Cancer Research Program
* Healing Journeys
* California Dialogue on Cancer