Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 2/19/2019 Did you know? Although it’s still early in the year, some of us have already dropped our New Year’s Resolutions to quit smoking or drinking, to increase exercise or lose that extra weight. But, since February is National Cancer Prevention Month- it is a great time to renew those healthy goals as all of them also align with cancer prevention. Most people know that it is possible to reduce cancer risks by avoiding tobacco and tobacco products. But did you know that limiting alcohol also reduces the risks of liver, colorectal (colon), mouth and throat and female breast cancer? The risk actually increases with the number of drinks consumed! Being overweight (obesity) also increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer. Since increased exercise is an excellent way to help with weight control, getting more active can also help reduce the risk for associated cancers. Protecting skin from ultraviolet rays on that Spring Break trip is an important way to reduce the risk of deadly skin cancers. Slathering on sun block well before you hit the beach or pool deck will help protect skin that hasn’t seen the sun all winter. Along with making these healthy lifestyle choices, getting regular cancer screenings and vaccinations as recommended can be part of your plan for better health. Regular screening tests for breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers can find cancer early, when treatment works best. Grab an apple, take a walk and schedule a cancer screening test, if you are due. February is the perfect time to resurrect those healthy New Year’s resolutions! Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.