Cancer Risk Reduction & Treatment Resources
No matter where you are in your journey, there are resources and support for you.
According to the American Cancer Society, avoiding use of tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight, eating health-promoting foods, and getting physical activity are important factors in risk reduction. Check out their recommendations here, and local resources below.
- Tobacco-Free IU: Learn about IU's tobacco-free policy, and find resources to help you kick the habit.
- Physical activity: Learn more about recommended physical activity guidelines, and check out physical activity options on your campus. Or get active for a cause by participating in cancer-related events such as Race for the Cure and Relay for Life.
- Eat fresh, nutritious foods: Find delicious and healthy options near you, and check out Healthy IU nutrition resources and personalized nutrition counseling sessions.
- Healthy weight: Whether you are looking to lose weight or maintain your current weight, there are resources and Healthy IU programs for you.
Additional Risk Reduction Factors
According to the National Cancer Institute, certain infectious agents can cause cancer or increase the risk that cancer will form. You can lower your risk of infection by getting vaccinated, not having unprotected sex, and not sharing needles. Learn more about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines.
Cancer Screening & Early Detection
Early detection of abnormal tissue or cancer is important. According to the National Cancer Institute, if cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat.
There are many screening tests in use today. These include: colonoscopies, mammograms, pap tests, skin exams, and more. Screening tests are recommended based on age, gender, and risk factors. This interactive tool from the American Cancer Society shows which screenings are recommended for your age group.
Talk to your healthcare provider to develop a personal plan for cancer screening based on age, gender, and risk factors.
Click here for a calendar of Cancer Awareness Months and ribbon colors (from choosehope.com).
If you or a loved one needs treatment for cancer, clinical trials are an option to think about. Include clinical trials in any discussions with your healthcare provider about treatment options. Learn more about clinical trials with the resources below.
What is a clinical trial?
- "Taking Part in Cancer Treatment Research" brochure (National Cancer Institute)
- Clinical Trials and You (National Institutes of Health)
Finding a clinical trial
- How Do I Find a Clinical Trial That's Right for Me? (American Cancer Society)
- Find NCI-Supported Clinical Trials (National Cancer Institute)
- Clinicaltrials.gov (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
When it comes to your treatment team, give yourself the best. The resources below will help you find the care you need.
- Commission-on-Cancer: The Commission on Cancer recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. (American College of Surgeons)
- NCI-Designated Cancer Centers: NCI-Designated Cancer Centers are recognized for their scientific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth of their research in basic, clinical, and/or population science. (National Cancer Institute)
Finding high-quality care
The National Cancer Institute provides the following definition for survivorship:
In cancer, survivorship focuses on the health and life of a person with cancer post treatment until the end of life. It covers the physical, psychosocial, and economic issues of cancer, beyond the diagnosis and treatment phases. Survivorship includes issues related to the ability to get health care and follow-up treatment, late effects of treatment, second cancers, and quality of life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also considered part of the survivorship experience.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, these resources can assist you:
IU Resources & Policies
IU has resources and policies that can help provide support to employees diagnosed with cancer or those caring for someone diagnosed with cancer.
Care.com: Eligible employees have access to IU's premium Care.com membership to search for care options such as backup care, home & pet care, child care, and more.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, provides up to 12 weeks of absence to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. The purpose of FMLA is to help eligible employees balance work and family obligations while providing an element of job security during the leave period. Contact askHR to learn more.
Castlight: Indiana University has contracted with Castlight to provide employees and their adult family members enrolled in an IU-sponsored medical plan help with finding in-network medical services and prescription drugs based on price and quality of care.