April is Cancer Control Month

April is Cancer Control Month

April has been designated as Cancer Control Month. I know that even the word cancer can cause concern. Is there really anything that we can do to reduce our cancer risk? Research indicates several positive things to do to decrease risk.

First, stop smoking. Lung cancer may occur in persons who have never smoked but smokers have 25 times the risk of developing cancer!

Second, strive to maintain a normal weight. This reduces the risk for breast, colon and rectal cancers.

Third, change your diet to include more fiber and less animal fat. This change not only reduces the cancer risk but also reduces the risk for heart disease.

Fourth, seek health care at the earliest sign of a health concern. Have regular checkups with your doctor. Look for these warning signs:

*a change in bowel or bladder habits

*a sore that does not heal

*unusual bleeding or discharge

*a thickening or lump noticed anywhere

*indigestion or difficulty swallowing

*obvious change in a wart or mole

*nagging cough or hoarseness and soreness

If you or a loved one experiences any of these signs it may not be serious, but it may be related to a cancer. It is important to receive health care as soon as possible. If you have any concerns, I would be happy to meet and discuss them with you at church or in your home. During this Easter season let’s be mindful of the comfort we have in our Resurrected Savior, who embraces us in all of life’s struggles. Read Romans Chapter 8, verses 35 and 37. (Information for this newsletter was gathered from, “Seasons for Wholeness: Monthly themes for the Parish Nurse Ministry “with permission by Ruth Daumer RN MSN)

Pat Woerheide
Parish Nurse