Prioritize Health & Wellness: Santiam Hospital & Clinics’ Commitment to Cancer Awareness

April marks National Cancer Control Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about cancer prevention, screening, and treatment options. At Santiam Hospital & Clinics, we recognize the importance of educating our community about the steps they can take to reduce their risk of cancer and detect it early when treatment is most effective. This month, we’re joining the nationwide effort to empower individuals with knowledge and resources to combat cancer, while also embracing the spirit of renewal and rejuvenation that comes with spring.

Prevention is key when it comes to reducing the risk of cancer. Incorporating healthy lifestyle habits can significantly lower the likelihood of developing certain types of cancer. This includes maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, as well as limiting the consumption of processed foods, sugary beverages, and red meats. Regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, jogging, or cycling, can also help reduce the risk of certain cancers and improve overall health.

Spring cleaning isn’t just for tidying up our homes—it’s also an opportunity to declutter our lifestyles and prioritize our health. Take a moment to review your habits and identify areas where you can make positive changes. Consider quitting smoking or using tobacco products, as smoking is a leading cause of several types of cancer, including lung, throat, and mouth cancer. If you need support, our healthcare professionals are here to help you develop a personalized quit plan and connect you with resources to quit for good.

Another important aspect of cancer prevention is staying up-to-date with recommended screenings. Early detection is often the key to successful treatment and improved outcomes. Talk to your healthcare provider about recommended cancer screenings based on your age, gender, and family history. Common screenings include mammograms for breast cancer, Pap tests for cervical cancer, colonoscopies for colorectal cancer, and skin exams for melanoma. By participating in regular screenings, you can catch cancer at its earliest stages when it’s most treatable.

In addition, our Diagnostic Imaging team plays a pivotal role in cancer diagnosis and treatment planning. Utilizing state-of-the-art imaging technologies, such as MRI and CT scans, our Radiology team provides precise and detailed images that aid in the detection, staging, and monitoring of cancer. Their expertise ensures accurate diagnoses and informs optimal treatment strategies, facilitating the delivery of comprehensive and personalized care to our patients.

The team here at Santiam Hospital & Clinics is committed to providing compassionate care and assisting individuals in accessing external resources. Our team is dedicated to helping patients navigate their cancer journey and connecting them with community organizations, support groups, and counseling services to address their holistic needs and enhance their well-being. We understand the importance of a strong support system and are here to offer guidance and assistance every step of the way.

As we embrace the spirit of renewal and revitalization that comes with spring, let’s also take the opportunity to prioritize our health and well-being. Together, we can raise awareness about cancer prevention, screening, and treatment options, and empower our community to take control of their health.

If you have questions about cancer prevention or would like to schedule a screening, contact Santiam Hospital & Clinics today to speak to a Provider.