Ep. 61 – PTs can help prevent too!

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, & while we as PTs may not think of ourselves in a cancer prevention role, we have great opportunities to educate our patients & empower them to take control of their health. This episode is for every PT professional & student, whether your interest is in outpatient, inpatient, home health, neurological, orthopedic, acute care, wound care, aquatics, pelvic floor, vestibular, or oncology patient populations. Regardless of your practice area, you can & should be having these conversations with patients.

Just because a patient has one comorbidity, impairment or diagnosis doesn’t exclude them from being at risk of developing cancer. Just because a patient has one cancer diagnosis doesn’t exclude them from being at risk for another.

Even if we can’t prevent a patient from getting all the cancers, we can definitely help educate patients on screenings, signs & symptoms, & risk factors of cancers in order to get an earlier diagnosis & improve treatment outcomes.

So what are some prevention discussion points we can have with our patients?

  • Regular participation in physical activity
  • Healthier eating patterns
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sunscreen use
  • Self-exams, recommended screenings
  • Skin checks
  • Red flag screenings

Ways to implement in your clinical practice:

  • Verbal education with your patient
  • Clinic posts – paper or electronic
  • Social media posts

Miss my first FB Live of February? Check it out here!

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