Northwest Oncology & Hematology

Rolling Meadows Office: 847.870.4100
Elk Grove Village Office: 847.437.3312
Hoffman Estates Office: 847.885.4100
Barrington Office: 847.842.0180
Elgin Office: 847.577.1023

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

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Preventing Cancer

Most cancer cases are related to lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle choices decrease your risk of cancer and improve your overall health.

Warning Signs of Cancer

  • A change in bowel or bladder habits

  • A sore that won't heal

  • Unusual bleeding or discharge

  • A lump in the breast or elsewhere

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Noticeable changes in a wart or mole

  • A constant cough or hoarseness




Stop Smoking

  • Talk to your doctor about aids for quitting, such as nicotine patches.

  • Get support from ex-smokers.

  • Develop a plan for quitting.

  • Pick a quit date and stick to it.

Stay Active

  • Take walks, garden, or do other activities you enjoy each day.

  • Do errands on foot or bike, not by car.

  • Join a walking or biking club.

Improve Your Diet

  • Eat fewer fried foods, fatty meats, and other high-fat foods.

  • Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables daily, especially leafy greens.

  • Eat more high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

  • Eat more vegetable protein, such as tofu.

  • Eat foods from the cabbage family, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts.

  • Limit alcohol to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.

Perform Regular Screenings

  • Breast (self-exam, professional breast exam, mammogram)

  • Skin (self-exam, professional exam, biopsy)

  • Cervical (pelvic exam, Pap test)

  • Colorectal (digital rectal screening for blood in stool, colorectal exam)

  • Prostate (digital rectal exam, blood test)

  • Testicular (self-exam, professional exam)

Protect Yourself From Hazards

  • When outdoors during the day, wear SPF 15 or greater sunscreen.

  • When out in sunlight, wear a hat.

  • Avoid outdoor activity midday when the sun is hottest.

  • Be aware of all hazardous substances at work or in your home.

  • When working with hazardous substances, wear protective clothing.

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Date Last Modified: 2009-03-24T00:00:00-06:00

Contact us at Northwest Oncology & Hematology. You can reach us at 847.870.4100 (Rolling Meadows office), 847.437.3312 (Elk Grove Village office), 847.885.4100 (Hoffman Estates office), 847.842.0180 (Barrington office) and 847.577.1023 (Elgin office)For your convenience, you can also use our New Patient Appointment online form to schedule your consultation with us.

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