February is National Cancer Prevention Month - a great time to take a look at ways to lower your cancer risk. Of course, eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, and not smoking are great cancer prevention tools. But vaccines also play an important role in cancer prevention. HPV vaccines prevent against HPV-related cancers, including cervical cancer. There are three effective, well-tolerated HPV vaccines available today. Unfortunately, the vaccination compliance rate for HPV is extremely low when compared to other vaccines. Steps must be taken to increase the number of teens getting vaccinated.
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Cancer patients often experience fatigue during and after treatment. Such fatigue is not only physically limiting; it can also affect the psychological, emotional, and economic wellbeing of an individual. If you experience fatigue following cancer treatment, it may be difficult to find the motivation to exercise - but many experts believe regular physical activity might be the best medicine for combating post-treatment fatigue.
There is an immense disparity between the cancer care that is available and what people can afford. A recent study found that more than 20% of cancer patients skipped recommended treatments because of high out-of-pocket costs, and almost 50% of those surveyed said their treatment costs were higher than expected. These high costs often lead to delays in patients' treatment as they wait for assistance or authorization, which may have the possibility of more long term effects due to disease progression.
In 2017, 1,685,210 new cancer cases are projected to occur in the United States. Although our genes influence our risk of cancer, most of the differences between people’s cancer risk are due to factors that are not inherited. Find out what you can do to reduce your cancer risk in this week's Wellness Bulletin.
The use of proton beam therapy is expanding to include a diverse range of tumor sites, thanks to emerging research revealing the effectiveness of this advanced radiation treatment modality. Originally used in the treatment of prostate, brain, and pediatric tumors, we are seeing more and more types of tumors being treated with proton therapy. This is due to its ability to precisely deliver large amounts of cancer-fighting radiation directly to tumor sites while producing minimal side effects and reducing exposure to surrounding organs.
For years, vegetarian and vegan diets have been classified as extreme diets that are followed by few people. However, a new position paper by the Association of Nutrition and Dietetics finds that plant-based diets may be actually beneficial for various stages of life. Well-planned plant-based diets can satisfy nutritional needs and offer many health benefits.
Navigating the unfamiliar territory of cancer diagnosis and treatment isn't easy. If you have recently been diagnosed, you will surely be filled with questions and concerns about how cancer will impact your life and the lives of your loved ones. Support programs like Ackerman Cancer Center's BEAM Team connect you with cancer survivors who understand the difficulties you are facing.
Traditionally, risk for prostate cancer has been associated with age, race, body fat, and family history. However, a recent study has discovered a strong link between alcohol consumption and increased risk of developing prostate cancer.
After years of consistent decline, the incidence of metastatic prostate cancer is now on the rise. A number of cancer experts, including myself and the other physicians at Ackerman Cancer Center, suspect the increase is likely due to changes in PSA screening recommendations that have come about in recent years.