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As a medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal cancers at a research institution, every day I see patients suffering from terminal colorectal cancer who thought they could ignore their doctors’ advice and protect themselves from cancer by taking vitamins and other supplements. The medical literature has repeatedly proven them wrong.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, my 31 days to tell people who aren’t already my patients that colorectal cancer is often preventable. But not by taking vitamin supplements. Your first act in prevention should be to get a colonoscopy when your doctor tells you to; the procedure can find tumors and pre-cancerous polyps before they…
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Welcome to Your Disease Risk, the source on prevention. Find out your risk of 12 cancers and 6 other important chronic diseases - and get personalized tips for preventing them.
Your wallet might have more of an effect than your shopping cart.
Personalized assessments aim to reduce chances of getting the disease by getting people to a healthy weight, reducing alcohol use and exercising
In a study, those who ate more organic produce, dairy, meat and other products had 25 percent fewer cancer diagnoses over all, especially lymphoma and breast cancer.
People aren’t good enough at applying sunscreen for us to worry about the harms of its use.
Researchers call for greater caution, but skeptics say the evidence from rat studies is not convincing.
For a long time, scientists assumed that bigger animals had a greater likelihood of developing cancer. And their reasoning seemed solid. The bigger an animals is, the more cells it has. More cells means more opportunities for one of them to be corrupted.
That idea was eventually dismissed when scientists began comparing cancer prevalence rates among different species.
Breast and prostate cancers seem to be more common amongst those who eat dinner late, but it may just be a correlation.
We're talking about one additional case in every 7,700 women.
The link between inflammatory diets and colorectal cancer, explained.
Fear of breast cancer is widespread, yet many women don’t realize that adopting protective living habits may help keep it at bay. The habits described below may also help to ward off other life-threatening ills, like heart disease and diabetes.
Light drinking may prolong your life—but it's more complicated than that.
There is no special "anti-cancer" diet. -There are many special diet regimes promoted to fight or treat cancer, including programs such as Macrobiotics, Gerson Therapy, Livingston-Wheeler Regimen, Kelley-Gonzalez Regimen, and Wheat Grass Therapy. -These diets may propose health benefits in treating cancer, but can pose a risk for inadequate nutrition or malnutrition in varying degrees, drug/nutrient interactions, increased fatigue, and alterations in laboratory parameters. -It is advised that you discuss any special diet regimen with your physician and/or dietitian. -These diets have not been proven to have anti-cancer effects.
New animal studies explain why supposedly healthy supplements like beta-carotene could exacerbate a dread disease.
PERHAPS NO TWO words together are more likely to set the internet aflame than BACON and CANCER. So when the World Health Organization classified processed meat as a group 1 carcinogen, the same category as tobacco—
Hold on. Let me stop right here. Eating bacon is not as bad as smoking when it comes to cancer. Just no.
Wait. Does your weight affect your risk of cancer?
Almost half of Americans (48%) still don't realize that obesity or being overweight increases your risk of cancer, according to a survey by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
The findings do not prove that eating (or not eating) sugar has any effect on the onset or development of cancer. The research, which was done in yeast, found that high levels of glucose could overstimulate the production of certain proteins often found in tumors. And those proteins could cause cancer cells to grow and multiply faster. In essence, high blood sugar could worsen existing tumors.
An interesting bit of science, to be sure, but nowhere near a medically relevant dietary recommendation.
A standard aspirin did not lower ovarian cancer risk.
If you knew you could be helping yourself to cut your cancer risk in half just by practicing four things, would you do it?
The risks are real—but usually outweighed by the benefits.
Summaries of the latest research concerning fish oils and cancer
Many people religiously drink green tea because of a belief that it provides health benefits — specifically, the idea that it might prevent cancer or heart disease.
But when it comes to hard data involving human subjects, the evidence is mixed.
Obesity, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, all of which have risen to epidemic levels in recent years, are linked to pancreatic cancer.
Of course, even by following the most solid recommendations regarding the important things to avoid and the positive habits to follow, we can never reduce our chances of developing cancer to zero.
This diet is an immune system building diet, a "metabolic balancing" diet and is designed to stop the spreading of cancer. It is not designed to kill cancer cells directly, but is designed to build various aspects of the immune system and build the collagen fibrils so that the cancer does not spread.
Alcohol’s potential health benefits may have been oversold by industry-funded research, distracting consumers from the realities of cancer risk.
You can, of course. But big studies like this are more relevant to public health, not personal health.
Here are two simple steps for reducing your risk of disease.
We see a lot of conflicting advice about what to do–or not do–to decrease the likelihood of developing cancer. And plenty of people seem to do everything "right" but are still diagnosed with the disease. But if you follow these 13 recommendations, you will go a long way toward reducing your overall cancer risk. And don't forget to get the recommended screening tests; some can actually prevent cancer.
These experts definitely practice what they preach. Here’s how you can make these simple changes to prevent cancer too.
Researchers have figured out that about 30 percent of new cancer diagnoses and half of all cancer deaths in the US could be avoided.
That's a lot. So what's the secret? The most obvious way is to never smoke or to quit, but the researchers found three other lifestyle factors that matter a lot, too: cutting down on alcohol, keeping a healthy bodyweight, and exercising.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation empowers people to prevent cancer. We envision a future where cancer incidence and mortality will be significantly reduced through preventive measures.
We are an anti-disease, environmental group that brings fresh perspective to the causes of disease rather than ways of coping once diagnosed. We are convinced that disease is not caused by genes alone but by the interaction of environmental triggers and genetic predispositions.
You probably know that smoking causes cancer, but there are many other lifestyle factors that make a difference for cancer risk.
Our website is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date and accurate information to medical professionals and the general public on how to prevent breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in North American women. It is a leading cause of cancer death, second only to lung cancer. Simply being a woman and getting older puts you at risk for breast cancer.
Learn about the value of food in your fight for recovery from cancer. Learn how you can protect your family and yourself with a diet rich in botanical factors. Your body will thank you!
More than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests. In this section you can learn how to help lower your chances of getting cancer, plus what screening tests the American Cancer Society recommends, and when.