Healing & Wellness

August 10, 2018

E-cigarettes’ Persistent Popularity Raises Serious Concerns

Electronic cigarettes are often touted as a safer alternative to their traditional counterparts. They typically have fewer chemicals and lower nicotine levels than regular cigarettes. They’re also marketed to smokers as a way to quit the habit, and advertised to young people with appealing packaging and flavors, like chocolate and cotton candy, and names like One […]

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July 10, 2018

Dangerous Drug Interactions

Many people know that taking a sedative and an antihistamine at the same time can cause extreme drowsiness, or that taking an anti-inflammatory like Advil®, Aleve®or Motrin® while you’re on a blood thinner raises the risk of hemorrhaging. But some in the medical community, and the public, are less aware that common medicines may reduce the effectiveness of […]

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July 6, 2018

5 Ways to Balance Food with Fun This Summer

One of the joys of summer is spending time in great weather with friends and fantastic food. However, keeping a balanced diet can be tough. After all, summer is filled with late nights full of feasting on delicious barbeque, cold beer, sweet ice cream and more. When fun takes priority, as it often does in […]

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July 6, 2018

Double Trouble

For many people, smoking and drinking go together like bacon and eggs or hot dogs at a baseball game. But when it comes to cancer risk, Stephen Lynch, MD, Primary Care and Intake Physician at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Phoenix, compares alcohol and tobacco to a more volatile pairing. “It’s gasoline and matches,” he […]

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June 6, 2018

Eat This, Not That: Cancer Type Edition

Doctors often recommend specific diets for patients, depending on their medical condition—more fiber and less red meat for those with heart disease, low-sugar foods for diabetics and a gluten-free diet for celiac disease sufferers, for example. But did you know that the same may be true for certain cancer patients? While a healthy diet looks […]

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June 6, 2018

What Men Need to Know About Factors that Impact Risk of Prostate Cancer

While anyone may be diagnosed with cancer, everyone has varying levels of risk based on genetics, environment and lifestyle. Certain larger populations may also be at increased risk compared to other groups. For instance, your risk of cancer may vary according to your race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location or gender. In the case of […]

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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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