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Survivorship Table: May 2021

This May we bring awareness to Skin Cancer, Cancer Research, Brain Tumors and Bladder Cancer. Support those affected by these cancers and learn how to take preventative steps below!

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. This initiative aims to educate people on the dangers of unprotected exposure to the sun and raise awareness of ways to prevent skin cancer [i]. How can you take preventative steps?

  1. Avoid direct sunlight between 10:00am and 2:00pm and seek shade when possible [ii].
  2. Add a layer of protection from the sun with clothing, hats and sunglasses [ii].
  3. Choose sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher and be sure to reapply after your skin gets wet or after 2 hours in the sun [ii].

National Cancer Research Month 

This May support National Cancer Research Month’s goal of highlighting the importance and impact of cancer research [iii]! Here’s how you can take part:

  1. Check out the AACR Cancer Progress Report to learn more about advancements being made [iii].
  2. If you are able to, donate to support cancer research [iii].

Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Brain Tumor Awareness Month is dedicated to supporting and empowering those affected by brain tumors and their loved ones [iv]. Learn how you can reduce the risk of brain tumors by avoiding high risk hazards [v]:

  1. If you smoke, quit. Not smoking tobacco may lower the risk of brain tumors [vi].
  2. Avoid excessive radiation exposure to the head, and learn more from the American Cancer Society [v, vi].

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month brings together those affected to raise awareness, support funds and increase education of this cancer [vii]. How can you get involved?

  1. Consume a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Some studies found that eating a healthy diet with many fruits and vegetables may reduce bladder cancer risk [viii]. Check out these Savor Health Recipes [ix]!
  2. Drink water! Some evidence shows that staying hydrated with water may be preventative against bladder cancer [viii].

Learn more about Skin Cancer Awareness Month, National Cancer Research Month, Brain Tumor Awareness Month and Bladder Cancer Awareness Month advocacy initiatives here: https://savorhealth.com/survivorship-table-may/


[i] May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Retrieved from: https://www.skincancer.org/get-involved/skin-cancer-awareness-month/

[ii] Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Retrieved from: https://www.aad.org/public/public-health/awareness-campaigns/practice-safe-sun

[iii] National Cancer Research Month. Retrieved from: https://www.aacr.org/patients-caregivers/awareness-months/national-cancer-research-month/#:~:text=May%20is%20National%20Cancer%20Research,devastating%20diseases%20we%20call%20cancer.

[iv] Go Gray in May. Retrieved from: https://braintumor.org/take-action/brain-tumor-awareness-month/

[v] Brain Cancer (Brain Tumor). Retrieved from: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/6149-brain-cancer-brain-tumor

[vi] Can Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors in Adults be Prevented? Retrieved from: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/brain-spinal-cord-tumors-adults/causes-risks-prevention/prevention.html

[vii] Bladder Cancer Awareness Month. Retrieved from: https://bcan.org/bladder-cancer-awareness-month-2021/

[viii] Can Bladder Cancer be Prevented? Retrieved from: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/bladder-cancer/causes-risks-prevention/prevention.html

[ix] Recipes. Retrieved from: https://savorhealth.com/resources/recipes/

Isabelle Colbert Corgel, RD, CDN

Isabelle is a registered dietitian with a Bachelor’s of Science in Global Public Health and Nutrition from New York University. Isabelle has been a part of the Savor Health team for 4 years beginning as an intern during her sophomore year at NYU and now works as a contributing writer. After her undergraduate degree, she completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital with a focus in medical nutrition therapy where she gained clinical experience in oncology. Following her dietetic internship, Isabelle completed a 6-month nutrition fellowship in Employee Health and Wellbeing at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Isabelle now helps to manage nutrition and health programs at a food bank in upstate New York. Isabelle is passionate about community nutrition and health as well as holistic wellness.

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