Western Connecticut Medical Group Oncologist/Hematologist Discusses Effective Lifestyle Habits to Promote Cancer Prevention
Jennifer Carreiro Zikria, M.D.
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Jennifer Carreiro Zikria, M.D.,medical oncologist/hematologist at Danbury Hospital and physician member of the Western Connecticut Medical Group, offers the following advice on common concerns related to cancer risk.
"Although we cannot change our genetic makeup, by not smoking, eating healthier, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, and being more physically active, we can all help reduce the risk of cancer or the chance of cancer recurrence."
A diet rich in plant sources, offering fiber and lean proteins will always be a better choice than one loaded with fat, sugar and simple carbohydrates. Exercise is key to avoiding excess weight, which adds to cancer risk over time.
Personal Safety is also important, including avoidance of known toxins (asbestos, secondhand smoke) in the environment and minimizing sun exposure with sunscreen or by covering up.
One of the best ways to address cancer is by promoting early detection through regular medical care, including the recommended screenings such as mammography or a prostate exam, to ensure that any concerns are addressed when they are more likely to respond favorably to treatment.
"Living a full life with or without cancer starts with taking care of yourself and establishing a relationship with a primary care physician who understand your health history and will monitor your needs throughout life," said Dr. Carreiro Zikria.
For more information or a physician referral, please call 1-800-482-1387.
About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premiere, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:
Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women's health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive and joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.