2022 Health Resolutions for Cancer Survivors

Courtesy of Roswell Park Cancer Talk Blog

With New Year’s resolutions fresh in our minds, February is the perfect time to reflect on ways to remain healthy all year long. Having cancer may have left you feeling not in control when it came to your health. However, the following health-minded resolutions can help you to regain some control over your health, and help you look forward to better wellness.

  1. Eat out less frequently. Our favorite restaurant foods tend to be higher in fats, sugars, and salt than what we would make at home. This new year, cook one more meal at home per week, or choose healthier options when dining out.
  2. Drink less alcohol. We know that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to cancer recurrences, and drinking less alcohol also helps improve your sleep, mood, weight, and immune system. Resolve to be more intentional with how, when, and why you drink.
  3. Eat whole grains and vegetables regularly. Eating more whole grains and vegetables can help protect against certain cancers and many other illnesses. This new year, try a new fruit or vegetable at least once a week.
  4. Take more walks. Physical activity protects against certain cancers. This new year, grab a friend or put on upbeat music and take a walk around the neighborhood most days of the week.
  5. Drink less pop or soda. Beverages with high-fructose corn syrup contain excess calories that can lead to weight gain. This new year, swap pop for water or seltzer instead.
  6. Schedule other cancer screenings. In 2021, there were two major changes in cancer screening guidelines, recommending that lung and colorectal cancer screenings start at an earlier age than before. Lung screening for current and recent smokers now begins at age 50. Colon cancer screening for most people should now begin at age 45 (and younger if you have other risk factors). Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss which cancer screenings you need now.
  7. Take time for yourself. Stress is hazardous to our health. This February, and all year, take more time for yourself to do what you enjoy most — spend time with loved ones, meditate, walk, do yoga, breathe.

February is National Cancer Prevention month. To make an appointment for a screening, visit www.roswellpark.org or call 1-800-ROSWELL today. Read more great articles at https://www.roswellpark.org/cancertalk.