May 15, 2017

Surprising Spots Where Skin Cancer Could Be Hiding

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., with an estimated 1 in 5 Americans developing the disease at some point in their lifetime. The major risk factor is excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun — especially if it led to burns severe enough to blister (and even more so if […]

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May 15, 2017

Obesity and Cancer: The Importance of Awareness and Prevention

When it comes to reducing your risk of cancer, maintaining a healthy weight may be as important as avoiding tobacco and overexposure from the sun. In fact, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has found that those who follow a healthy lifestyle, by eating a nutritious diet, limiting alcohol consumption and taking other important steps, are […]

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April 10, 2017

Why does cancer risk increase as we get older?

Of all of cancer’s many riddles and mysteries, one fact remains consistent across almost all types of the disease: The risk of getting cancer increases with age. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the median patient age at the time of a cancer diagnosis is 66. “Advancing age is the most important risk factor […]

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March 13, 2017

11 Tips for Green Spring Cleaning

With spring just around the corner, bringing in fresh air and getting rid of dust and winter dirt may be on your to-do list. But before you rush to start your spring cleaning done, it’s important to know which cleaning products are safest to use. Many household cleaners contain toxic ingredients, and the U.S. Environmental […]

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February 14, 2017

One Lifestyle Change That Reduces 13 Cancer Risks

If you’re considering starting a new exercise program, National Cancer Prevention Month (February) is as good as time as any to get started. If you need a little extra motivation taking the first step toward an active lifestyle, you may find it in a recent study that shows, in addition to its other health benefits, […]

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January 11, 2017

5 Reasons to Move More and 9 Tips to Get Started

Many of us spend the majority of our day seated: we drive to work, sit at a desk all day long, drive home, and then after dinner, we relax on the couch watching television. Because of demands in our everyday lives, it’s no wonder why most of us have sedentary lifestyles. Though it might be […]

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January 11, 2017

The Truth About Sugar

The U.S. is a nation with a sweet tooth, with the average American eating about 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Unlike the naturally occurring sugars found in nutrient-dense foods like whole fruit, added sugars in the U.S. diet come primarily from soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, grain-based desserts like cookies and cakes, candy and […]

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December 12, 2016

Celebrate with Mocktails, not Cocktails

Wine, champagne, winter lagers, and festive cocktails — celebrating the holidays often includes libations special to the season. But do these spirited drinks increase your risk of cancer? A new analysis shows a direct link between alcohol and seven types of cancer may have you reconsidering that next beer. The study, published in the scientific […]

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December 9, 2016

Taking GERD Out of Your Holidays

The holiday season, the time of year from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day can also be called the eating season. Although delicious, this time of year can be particularly difficult for digestion, especially if you experience reflux regularly. What causes reflux? Reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter is weak or relaxes, allowing acid from […]

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October 10, 2016

Who Should Be Screened for the Breast Cancer Gene?

After Mary-Claire King, the woman who discovered BRCA1, recently recommended broader genetic testing for breast cancer, some women may be wondering: “Should I be screened for the breast cancer gene?” This recommendation is based on new research suggesting that all women, regardless of their risk factors, should be screened for the breast cancer gene. Previously, […]

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