Cancer can affect patients of any age, but cancer risks increase with age. According to Senior Homes, “Approximately 2.15% of all adults over 65 will be newly-diagnosed with cancer each year compared to 0.2% of those under 65.”
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the word “cancer” seems to be everywhere. And while everyone has been affected by cancer, whether firsthand or by watching a family member or friend fight the disease, those near and above retirement age should take a particular interest in the topic and what it means for them.
Women and men should do monthly self-examinations to check for Breast Cancer, and women over the age of 40 should schedule yearly mammograms. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, women who go through menopause later in their life have an increased risk of breast cancer.
But there are also things you can do to lower your risk! According to recent research by the American Cancer Society, taking a brisk walk for an hour a day can help women over 50 reduce their chances of breast cancer by 14%.
Here are some other facts about cancer as you age:
Age-related illnesses, such as arthritis, can make cancer treatments less effective and make healing after cancer treatment more difficult.
The most common fatal cancer in men is prostate cancer, which is why it is important to get a yearly exam.
Men die from cancer more often than women because they fail to visit a doctor and get proper treatment, according to the Daily Mail. Women are also more informed about the signs of cancer.
As is important to patients at any age, a healthy diet, limited exposure to UV rays, not smoking, and living an active lifestyle can all reduce your risk of cancer.
The American Cancer Society clearly lays out guidelines for cancer screenings, and the closer you follow these guidelines, the better chance you will have at detecting a problem early. If the unthinkable would happen and you are diagnosed with cancer, you can find comfort in Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community’s excellent level of medical care.
Our most recent survey of residents shows that the #1 reason why retirees move to Sherwood Oaks is the availability of guaranteed, on-site health care. “Retirees really want to plan for their futures,” remarks Mark D. Bondi, President and CEO of Sherwood Oaks, “and securing convenient and top notch health care is a prime consideration for where they want to live.”
In 2009 Sherwood Oaks undertook a major expansion of health care services. The Oak Grove Center, a 30 bed care facility was recently completed that offers private, personal care to persons suffering with memory loss. In addition, renovation is currently underway to the community’s skilled nursing facility. These changes will provide residents with private rooms that are organized in a home-like setting. The renovations to nursing care are expected to be completed in 2011.
“These renovations are a wonderful benefit to persons considering a move to Sherwood Oaks” concludes Bondi, “although you may not need health care now – you want to be prepared for what life has in store for you in the future.”
Our next story will discuss the reasons why retirees decide not to move to a retirement community-PA facility. Stay tuned.