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Shelly Barnes: UT Extension to offer free cancer thriving, surviving workshops

Shelly Barnes • Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Cancer is a disease of body cells. While increased age and genetics play important roles in the development of cancer, many authorities believe people can reduce their risk by challenging their way of living. Learning self-detection methods and having regular physical exams will reduce your risk of dying from cancer. Screening for various cancers can save your life. 

Reduce your cancer risk by checking these items off your list:

• Do not use tobacco of any kind.

• Use sunscreen of at least 15 SPF to protect your skin.

• Avoid tanning beds.

• Exercise and eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, high fiber foods and low-fat foods.

• Eat five fruits and vegetables daily.

• Eat food rich in vitamin A such as carrots, peaches, apricots and squash.

• Eat food rich in Vitamin C such as grapefruits, oranges, cantaloupes and tomatoes.

• Eat foods from the cabbage family such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and kale.

• Eat high-fiber foods such as whole grains, wheat and bran cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables.

• Limit foods such as bacon, ham and hot dogs.

• Limit alcohol.

• Have an annual physical exam.

• Get screened for breast, cervical, colon, prostrate and skin cancer.

Cancer can strike fear, confusion and helplessness in individuals diagnosed with the disease and their caregivers. Cancer patients and survivors must deal not only with their disease, but also with the impact this has on their lives and emotions. A self-management approach to cancer education gives cancer patients/survivors the knowledge, tools and confidence to take day-by-day control of their health and treatment decisions.

Beginning Sept. 16, the University of Tennessee Extension will offer a free Cancer: Thriving and Surviving workshop in partnership with Wilson County Health Department and Rutland Place Senior Living. The six-week program is designed for people with cancer and caregivers to learn basic skills necessary to self-manage their disease and work effectively with their health care professionals. 

The Cancer: Thriving and Surviving program is conducted by two leaders certified by Stanford University Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Trainers. Classes will be held every Friday at 1 p.m. and will run through Oct. 21.  Participants will receive a free book and a wealth of information on becoming an effective self-manager. To register for the program, contact me at 615-444-9584 or via email at [email protected]  Participants must register no later than Sept. 15.

 Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.

For more information on this or other family and consumer sciences-related topics, contact Shelly Barnes, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent for UT Extension in Wilson County.  Barnes may be reached at [email protected] or 615-444-9584.

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