At St. Vincent’s, we are committed to supporting and promoting the health of everyone in the community we serve. By helping you achieve a healthy lifestyle, we hope to improve your quality and enjoyment of life, and hopefully, to help prevent you from developing cancer.
Services And Programs to Help Keep You Healthy
Screening and prevention play a large part in the improved survival rate of many cancers. We offer the most advanced screening techniques for accurate, timely detection of cancer so that if you are diagnosed, you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our Wellness Programs
From our Food for Life program to yoga to massage therapy, our wide range of wellness programs help you get well, stay well and feel better. classes.
Take Cancer Prevention Into Your Own Hands
No one knows exactly what will prevent you from developing cancer. However, these 7 important tips can help you lead a healthy lifestyle:
1. Stop smoking
Smoking (including secondhand smoke) causes many types of cancer, especially lung cancer. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways you can prevent cancer. For more information about St. Vincent’s smoking cessation program, click here.
2. Eat a healthy diet
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans, and limit fat. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. To learn about our cancer-prevention healthy eating/healthy cooking Food For Life classes, click here. For reservations or questions, call (203) 576-6158.
3. Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active
Maintaining a healthy weight helps lower the risk of many types of cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney. Physical activity also lowers your risk. You should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
4. Protect yourself from the sun
Skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer and one of the most preventable. Use generous amounts of sunscreen when you're outdoors and avoid tanning beds and sunlamps (just as damaging as natural sunlight).
5. Get immunized
Protect yourself from potentially cancer-causing viral infections, especially Hepatitis B and Human papillomavirus (HPV).
6. Avoid risky behaviors
If you have a drug addiction, please seek professional help. Click here to learn more about St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services.
7. Get regular medical care
See your primary care physician annually and get regular self-exams and screenings for various types of cancers (skin, colon, prostate, cervix and breast). These screenings help your doctor discover any cancer early when treatment is most likely to be successful. Click here to find a primary care doctor.