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.
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.
Find out which type contains the most nutrients, and the best ways to preserve your fresh fruits and vegetables.
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.