Thriving and Surviving workshops set for August 11

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cancer is a disease that can occur in almost any part of the body.

While genetics and increased age play important roles in the development of cancer, many authorities believe people can reduce their risk by changing their lifestyle.

Learning self-detection methods and scheduling regular physical exams will reduce your risk of dying from cancer. Screening for various cancers can save your life.

Some ways to reduce your risk of cancer include not using tobacco; applying a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least 15 SPF; avoiding tanning beds; exercising regularly; eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables; eating high fiber foods and foods low in fat; limiting alcohol; having an annual physical exam; and get screened for breast, cervical, colon, prostrate, and skin cancer.

Cancer can strike fear, confusion, and helplessness in individuals diagnosed with the disease and their caregivers. Cancer patients/survivors must deal not only with their disease, but also with the impact this has on their lives and emotions. A self-management approach to cancer education gives cancer patients/survivors the knowledge, tools and confidence to take day-by-day control of their health and treatment decisions.

On August 11, the Marshall County Health Department and University of Tennessee Extension will be offering a free Cancer: Thriving and Surviving workshop.

The six-week program is designed for people with cancer and caregivers to learn basic skills necessary to self-manage their disease and work effectively with their health care professionals.

The Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Program is conducted by two leaders certified by Stanford University. Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Trainers. Classes will be held every Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the Marshall County Memorial Library.

For more information, or to register for the program, please contact Terri Orr, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at 359-1929 or terorr@utk.edu or Emily Darnell, Public Health Educator Emily.Darnell@tn.gov