Healing & Wellness

April 3, 2018

Excess Weight May Contribute Up to 40 Percent of US Cancer Diagnoses

Your weight plays an important role in your overall health, including your risk of many chronic diseases — cancer included. In fact, being overweight or obese — defined as a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 25 or 30, respectively — is believed to cause up to 40 percent of all cancer diagnoses in […]

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April 3, 2018

Healthy Grocery Shopping Strategies, Department by Department

Cancer patients have plenty to think about when they leave the hospital, like when to take their medications, how to care for surgical wounds, when to return for follow-up appointments and how to manage side effects like fatigue and pain. Stocking up at the grocery store is probably the last thing on their mind, and […]

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March 13, 2018

Foods and Drinks Linked to Cancer

It’s hard to miss the barrage of headlines warning about cancer’s link to, well, just about everything, or so it seems. “THIS IS THE BIGGEST CANCER-CAUSING FOOD, AFTER READING THIS YOU WILL NEVER EAT IT ANYMORE,” screams one headline—in all-caps to boot. “Popular foods that could cause cancer,” warns another. “Top 11 cancer-causing foods to […]

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March 13, 2018

What are Environmental Risk Factors, and How Can I Avoid Them?

Tobacco smoke at a concert. Pollution from the factory around the corner. Radiation from a routine X-ray. When it comes to environmental factors that raise the risk of cancer, it may seem like avoiding exposure is as impossible as avoiding the air you breathe. In reality, though, you have more control than you think. Experts […]

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March 13, 2018

7 Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before Getting a Colonoscopy

More than 40,000 Americans a day, on average, get a colonoscopy, but many still don’t understand how they work, how often they should get screened – or even why they’re so important. Another fact many don’t know: Despite the thousands of procedures performed daily, colonoscopies are hardly routine. Because the procedures involve intense preparation and sedation, they […]

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February 12, 2018

Botanicals: Separating Hype from Fact

Widely available in grocery stores, big box retailers and online, it’s no wonder that botanicals (more commonly known as herbal supplements) continue to be the best-selling supplements in the world. But it can be difficult to separate hyped up health claims from the true benefits – what works, what doesn’t and why. Let’s examine the […]

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January 10, 2018

16 Superfoods to Supercharge Your New Year

After a holiday season filled with delicious treats and rich meals, you may feel like it’s time to make more health-conscious nutrition decisions. You’re not alone. Getting healthy is the most popular New Year’s resolution for Americans. After a cancer diagnosis, eating healthier may feel even more important to you, but even with extra motivation, […]

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December 10, 2017

Healing from the Inside Out

Before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012, Derek Mann says he didn’t really pay much attention to what he ate. After rapidly losing nearly 50 pounds due to a blocked bile duct that hindered digestion, however, as Mann began undergoing treatment, nutrition became a focal point. In addition to chemotherapy, Mann’s treatment included robotic […]

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December 10, 2017

What Every Cancer Patient Should Know About Flu Season

In the U.S., flu season peaks from December through February, but runs through the entire fall and winter. While most cases are mild, with recovery in less than two weeks without medical care necessary, people with weakened immune systems, including cancer patients, are at an increased risk of developing flu-related complications that may result in […]

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December 10, 2017

Why Experts are Worried about Alcohol and Cancer

Conflicting findings on the effects of alcohol may have you scratching your head. On the one hand, research suggests that low to moderate drinking may lower the risk of heart disease in some people. On the other hand, there is evidence that drinking even small amounts of alcohol is associated with an increased risk of liver disease, memory loss, […]

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