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Wellness and Screening

General Medical Care:
You should continue to see your family doctor or internist on a regular basis for routine health care maintenance and screening.

Smoking Cessation: Smoking is known to cause lung and bladder cancers, cancers of the head and neck, as well as emphysema and other serious medical problems. If you smoke, you should quit. There are many programs available to help you quit smoking. Pennsylvania Hospital offers a smoking cessation program. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 215-829-7467.

Weight Management and Exercise:
Weight gain is common during and after breast cancer treatment. Being overweight has negative effects on your overall health and sense of well being. We recommend that you start regular exercise. Consult your family doctor before starting an exercise program if you have a history of heart disease.

The American Cancer Society recommends a healthy, well balanced diet that includes regular intake of fruits and vegetables and is low in saturated fats. Take advantage of one of our nutrition classes or make an appointment with the dietician if you need help with your diet.

Skin Health:
Keep your skin healthy by avoiding sunburns and using sunscreen. Sun-damaged skin increases the risk of skin cancers.

If you are 50 years or older, or if there is a history of colon cancer in your family, you should schedule a screening colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are safe and are the best way to detect colon and rectal cancers at an early stage, when they are most curable.


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