Debunking the 7 Most Common Misconceptions of Colorectal Cancer

While largely preventable with early detection, 1 in 3 eligible Americans have never been screened for colorectal cancer. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and here are important clarifications on the common misconceptions around colorectal cancer. Misconception: Cancer is not preventable. A screening test can only detect cancer, it cannot prevent cancer. Cancer develops due to the uncontrolled division...

Diet and Cancer: What’s the Connection?

Obesity has moved from a disease of the developed world to become a global issue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 1.9 billion overweight adults worldwide, 650 million of which are obese. Obesity increases our susceptibility to a variety of illnesses as the body becomes overworked and under-supported. These illnesses include heart disease, type 2 diabetes...

After the Cancer Diagnosis: Six Steps for Moving from Fear to Action

A diagnosis of cancer triggers distress, uncertainty and fear – all of which creates the need for many important conversations with the patient, physician, family and care providers. The key to dealing with these emotional reactions is to work through a series of six steps that will help the patient to overcome the paralysis they can cause and move...

Lifestyle Intervention Associated with Higher Disease-free Survival Rates in Breast Cancer

According to results of a study presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), held December 4–8, 2018 in San Antonio, TX, survivors of early-stage breast cancer who participated in a lifestyle intervention on healthy habits lost weight and experienced higher rates of disease-free survival if they completed the program. This study was funded, in part, by Chugai, Glaxo...

Exercise may Improve Cardiovascular Function During Adjuvant Breast Cancer Treatment

According to results of the Energy Balance and Breast Cancer Aspect (EBBA)-II trial (NCT02240836) , sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council, Norwegian Health Authority, Oslo University Hospital, St Olavs Hospital, and Active Against Cancer – Gjensidige Foundation, presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), held December 4–8, 2018, women who underwent a supervised program of cardiovascular exercise...

Changing Behaviors: Cigarette Smoking Declines As Vaping Increases in Popularity

Vaping and e-cigarettes have become more popular than tobacco cigarettes with teens. But how does vaping influence trends in smoking? And how does vaping impact trends in smoking and smoking cessation in youths and young adults? A comprehensive analysis, funded in part by the National Cancer Institute, examined the relationship between vaping and smoking among youth and young adults. The...

Increased Popularity of E-cigarettes Results in Alarming Rise of Young Smokers

Findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than 3.6 million middle and high school students are or have been current (past 30 day) e-cigarette users in 2018.  This represents a dramatic increase of more than 1.5 million students...

Aggressive Tobacco Control Programs Reduces California Lung Cancer Deaths by 28%

California has reduced smoking faster than any other state in the Unites States. Early adoption of tobacco control efforts led to fewer people ever smoking, reduced the amount used by those who do smoke and helped smokers quit at a younger age — when their risk of developing lung cancer is lowest. As a result, the authors of a new...

Parents Consider Cancer Prevention Potential the Primary Reason for HPV Vaccination

Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines are designed to prevent infection by certain types of human papilloma virus. The currently available vaccines generally protect against two, four, or nine types of HPV infection. But all vaccines protect against at least HPV type 16 and 18 that cause the greatest risk of cervical cancer. The human papilloma virus, a group of more...

Patients with Diabetes have an Increased Risk of Developing and Dying from Breast and Colon Cancer

Diabetes and cancer are common diseases with tremendous impact on health and healthcare worldwide expenditure. A growing number of epidemiological and clinical studies find evidence suggesting that diabetes is directly linked to an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer. Now, researchers in The Netherlands have performed a unique meta-analysis that excludes all other causes of death and...

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