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To your health,

The Avera Staff


People with cancer often lose their appetites, but it's important during treatment to eat as nutritiously as possible. Your Avera doctor or nutritionist can provide you with more information about your diet if you are undergoing cancer treatment.

Many factors cause people with cancer to lose interest in food. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and type of cancer all can affect a cancer patient's appetite. Cancer itself can change a person's metabolism and ability to process food correctly. And even though cancer can make a person's body use more energy just to function, sometimes a person with cancer has little interest in or even an aversion to food.

Most cancer patients need a high-calorie diet during treatment. Foods like fruit juices can provide both the vitamins and high calories the body needs. Doctors sometimes recommend high-protein diets to help prevent muscle deterioration.

The side effects and appetites of people with cancer are different depending on treatment. Talk to your doctor about your nutritional needs.

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One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in his or her life. Here are some quick tips to minimize your risk for skin cancer.

  • Stay out of the sun. Short amounts of time in the sun without protection may not affect a person, but long-term exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer over time. Most skin cancers form where the skin is exposed to sun.
  • Wear sunscreen. If you are in the sun for an extended period of time, apply a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. Reapply often, and wear sunscreen even in the winter.
  • Have a doctor check moles or skin growths. It is especially important to have a doctor or dermatologist examine moles if they have changed, which can be a sign of skin cancer.

Click here to learn more about skin cancer and prevention.

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