Connecting the Community with Cancer Screenings
Beebe Healthcare works with our community to take action to prevent cancer. Tunnell Cancer Center’s cancer outreach, education and screening program is dedicated to helping our community learn more about what causes cancer and the risk factors involved.
Our outreach program takes cancer prevention and early detection education to the places where people live, work and play in Sussex County. Our team offers tailored programs about healthy behaviors and lifestyles to reduce risk factors for cancers.
Early detection is key. We need to know cancer causes, the risk factors, and what we can do to reduce those risks.
Navigating Your Cancer Screenings
The Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator partners with residents in our community to provide resources for cancer screenings. The Navigator enrolls individuals in cancer screening programs, including Delaware’s Screening for Life, and helps connect the uninsured with the Choose Health Delaware Marketplace.
In addition, the Navigator follows patients with abnormal cancer screening results for future screening needs, and helps coordinate cancer care.
The Navigator guides patients through cancer screenings, including:
Recommendations for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention
- Eat a variety of healthful foods, with an emphasis on plant sources. Eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day. Choose whole grains versus processed (refined) grains and sugars. Limit consumption of processed meat and red meats, especially those high in fat.
- Adopt a physically active lifestyle. Adults: Engage in at least moderate activity for 30 minutes or more on five or more days of the week; 45 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous activity on five or more days per week may further enhance reductions in the risk of breast and colon cancer.
- Children: Maintain a healthful weight throughout life. Balance caloric intake with physical activity. Lose weight if you are currently overweight or obese. If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption.
- How your weight affects your cancer risk.
The American Cancer Society cancer screening guidelines are recommended for those people at average risk for cancer (unless otherwise specified) and without any specific symptoms.
People who are at increased risk for certain cancers may need to follow a different screening schedule, such as starting at an earlier age or being screened more often. Those with symptoms that could be related to cancer should see their doctor right away.