Miami Cancer Institute is committed to helping you stay healthy. Here are some ways you can lower your risk for cancer:
- Take advantage of cancer screenings offered by Miami Cancer Institute and Baptist Health. Talk to your doctor about which screenings are right for you and practice self-exams.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco. To learn more about our smoking cessation program, speak with your care team or call the Area Health Education Center at 877-848-6696.
- Maintain a healthy weight and eat a low-fat diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. To learn about healthy eating strategies, see a nutritionist or attend cooking classes at Miami Cancer Institute.
- Exercise regularly.
- Protect your skin by staying out of the sun, using sunscreen daily and avoiding tanning beds.
- Get vaccinated, as certain infections contribute to some types of cancer.
- Know your family history. Approximately 10 percent of all cancers are believed to be inherited.
Genetic Counseling and Testing
If there is a history of cancer in your family, talk to your doctor about our genetic counseling and testing services, which can help determine if you are at higher risk for developing certain types of cancer.
Our Division of Clinical Genetics, Center for Genomic Medicine stands ready to participate in your medical care. Our clinical services are located on the second floor of Miami Cancer Institute. To reach a genetic counselor, call 786-527-8051. (Link genetic counseling and testing services to Genetic Counseling & Testing in Treatments & Services)
Cancer Survivorship Care
If you are a cancer survivor, your Miami Cancer Institute healthcare team will provide counseling on preventative health behaviors to lower your risk for recurrence. Our Cancer Survivorship Program also provides expanded medical services to manage the late and long-term effects of cancer and its treatments as well as surveillance care to monitor and screen for recurrent or new cancers. (Link Cancer Survivorship Program to Survivorship Program in Patient Support Center)