Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Wildcat fans, Arizona Athletics is asking you to Stay in the Game! Research indicates that only 5% of cancers are hereditary, which means you have the power to do something about it. Stay in the Game is a cancer awareness initiative encouraging Wildcat fans and Arizona residents to learn more about reducing your risk of cancer. Studies have found that early, as well as regular screening can reduce your risk. In fact, the earlier some cancers are found, the more likely people are to survive those cancers. So starting TODAY reduce your risk: eat well, be active, don't smoke or use tobacco and get screened!

Wildcats! Stay in the Game, talk to your doctor about reducing your risk so you can make sure your cheering for the Wildcats for years to come.
It is estimated that 50 to 75 percent of cancer deaths in the United States are caused by human behaviors such as smoking, poor diet quality and physical inactivity. Those are all actions that you can control! The University of Arizona Cancer Center's mission is to prevent and cure cancer. Here are some ways you can decrease your risk of developing cancer:

• Don't use tobacco. Nearly all cases of lung cancer are preventable.

• Eat a healthy, varied diet including lots of brightly colored fruit and vegetables, foods high in fiber and low in fat. Excellent choices include peppers, broccoli, garlic, berries, red grapes, almonds, dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, apples with peel, soy, extra virgin olive oil and citrus fruit.

• Plenty of water and green tea are your best beverage choices.

• Reduce exposure to the sun and always apply sunscreen (30 SPF) when outdoors. Skin cancer is the most common -- and most avoidable -- form of cancer. Don't use indoor tanning beds or sunlamps.

• Exercise regularly to maintain healthy tissues and organs and to keep off excess weight. Try to be active for 30 minutes or more on most days.

• Reduce your intake of smoked, charred, pickled and salt-cured meat.

• Early detection greatly improves your chances of surviving cancer. Many diagnostic tests are available, including colorectal screening, mammography, Pap tests, blood tests to detect prostate cancer and physical examinations of the skin, colon, rectum, and testicles. Ask your physician which exams and tests are right for you.

For more information, and nutrition tips, please visit:

University of Arizona College of Nursing LinkIN!
Arizona Cancer Center
American Cancer Society