March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In this week's Wellness Bulletin, Karen reviews early warning signs, preventive tips, and ways you can reduce your modifiable risk factors for colorectal cancers. She also includes a healthy recipe for cauliflower and potato curry.
Licorice is an herb that is native to the Mediterranean and parts of Asia. It is often found in herbal teas, cough remedies, hard candies and other food products. While licorice is a common flavoring agent, it has also been used as an herbal supplement in alternative medicine. However, the medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA.
A recent analysis published by the American Cancer Society revealed colorectal cancer diagnoses and death rates have decreased for those 50 and older in recent years, while colon cancer rates are on the rise in younger adults. The retrospective study found that colon cancer diagnosis in adults over 50 fell 32 percent since 2000, and death rates dropped 34 percent during the same period. I believe the reduction in colorectal cancer rates can be credited to a vigorous screening protocol. Unfortunately, the falling number of colon cancer cases in older adults is in sharp contrast to those of younger Americans who have seen a 1 to 3 percent annual rise in the incidence of colorectal cancer over the past several decades.
Leeks are a good source of many nutrients and have antioxidant, anti-microbial, and liver-protecting properties. With a slightly sweet flavor, they make a great addition to many dishes. Learn how to easily incorporate them into your diet in this week's Wellness Bulletin.
Healthcare professionals who work with cancer patients have long recognized the benefits of social support. It is not uncommon to see patients who have strong relationships with spouses, family, friends, community or religious groups experience better treatment outcomes than those with limited social interactions. A recent study showcased this for breast cancer patients.
In 2016, there were 62,700 new cases of kidney cancer, representing 3.7 percent of all new cancer cases. 1 in 63 adult Americans will develop kidney cancer during their lifetime. Its incidence has increased rapidly over recent years. The causes seem to be multifactorial, including some non-modifiable risk factors like height and genetic predisposition, modifiable risk factors such as smoking, weight, alcohol consumption, exposure to chemicals (including pesticides and anti-pressure medicines), and other factors including chronic health conditions like high blood pressure and advanced kidney disease.
In the United States, 1 in every 2 men will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. For women, this number is 1 in 3. In the past this difference was attributed to male's industrial work environments and the fact that more men smoked cigarettes. However, as more women entered the workforce and began to smoke, the cancer diagnosis rates did not change. Recently, a team of researchers from Harvard and MIT discovered a genetic difference between the genders that may be the cause of this difference.
You may have heard of the campaign “5 A Day”. This is based on the World Health Organization’s recommendation of eating a minimum of 14 ounces, or 5 servings, of fruit and vegetables per day. This increases the nutrients your body receives and reduces your risk for a wide range of health issues, including heart disease and cancer.
After peaking in 1991, cancer death rates have consistently declined. According to a report published January 5 in the American Cancer Society’s journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, there was a 25% drop in cancer deaths for men and women between 1991 and 2014. The numbers are encouraging, and reflect the progress made in the areas of awareness, early detection and cancer treatment.
Most people who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous diagnosis of heart disease and no previous symptoms. That is why since 1963, the American Heart Association (AHA) has designated February as American Heart Month. Through this campaign, AHA encourages Americans to join the battle against heart disease. Read this article to learn how you can take action to improve your heart health.