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Tips for Reducing Cancer Risk in the Senior Years

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the number of new cases of cancer diagnosed in Canada is expected to rise by 40 percent in the next 15 years. Seniors who want to remain healthy well into their golden years can take certain measures to reduce their risks of developing cancer. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elderly care Vancouver families trust, has some tips to help your senior loved one minimize these risks.

Limit Sun Exposure

Caucasian men over the age of 50 are more likely to develop skin cancer from sun exposure than the rest of the general population, though people of all races and genders are still at risk. Midday sun, which occurs most days from 10am to 4pm, is known to be particularly harsh on skin and can have the worst effects. If your loved one is planning to spend a prolonged period in the sun, he or she should use sunscreen with a high SPF level and cover as much skin as possible with clothing. 

Consume More Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals, which helps prevent cancer growth. These substances can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Russet potatoes, blueberries, and black plums are among the foods containing the highest levels of antioxidants, and black and pinto beans are other antioxidant-rich choices that are easy to incorporate into your loved one’s diet.

Increase Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercises can help your loved one maintain a healthy weight, which can greatly reduce his or her chances of developing many types of cancer. Your loved one should try to incorporate at least 30 minutes a day of exercises such as brisk walking or jogging. Seniors who are looking for exercises with a lower impact on joints and bones might benefit from water aerobics.

Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Although it is generally safe for seniors to drink alcoholic beverages in small amounts, consuming too many drinks on a regular basis can increase their chances of getting cancer. Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to the development of oral, throat, and esophageal cancer, and weight gain caused by drinking too much can lead to further cancer risks.

Taking some preventive measures against cancer can increase your loved one’s chances of maintaining good health later in life. If you’d like more tips on senior health and wellness, reach out to Home Care Assistance. In addition to the flexible hourly and live-in care services we provide, we also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, post-stroke, and Parkinson’s home care Vancouver seniors can count on. To learn more and to request a complimentary consultation, call 778-279-3634 today.