By Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN

Obesity is on its way to replacing tobacco as the number one preventable or modifiable cause of cancer.

Does that statement shock you? It certainly is something to think about—and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) thinks that this is such a serious issue that they devoted an issue of ASCO Connection to this topic.

On Thursday from 1:30–3 pm, you can learn more obesity and cancer from Adrienne Wald, EdD, MBA, RN, MCHES, an expert on the subject. The evidence she will present wibit inflatable water park is alarming; a number of cancers, including breast, endometrial, prostate, renal, and colorectal, are associated with obesity. Obesity increases the risk of recurrence, has a negative impact on survival, and complicates screening and treatment planning. It also places the patient at risk of complications from chemotherapy. Are you convinced yet?

If not, attend this session and learn about behavioral approaches to managing weight that all nurses can incorporate into our care of patients. You will hear about the barriers to change for our patients (and even ourselves!) and how to motivate and encourage patients to incorporate strategies for wellness into their daily lives.

Cancer is a teachable moment—this session will show you why and how we can capitalize on this to improve the lives of our patients.


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