Cancer prevention is within your reach

Here are the Top 5 things you can do

cancer preventionIt’s estimated that as many as 50%-75% of cancer deaths in the United States are caused by human behavior. If you think about that, it means our lifestyle choices can significantly impact a diagnosis of cancer. What can we do about cancer prevention?

Although not all cancers can be prevented, there are some measures we can take to greatly reduce our risk of getting a diagnosis of cancer.

The Top 5 things you can do to prevent cancer:

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Prevention is the best “cure” for cancer: 8 things you can do to prevent cancer

cancer preventionPrevention really is the best cure for any disease. This holds true for the dreaded “C” word as well. The number one best way to prevent cancer is simple: Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Why? Because up to one third of all cancers have a positive relationship with being overweight and obesity.

Narrowing cancer prevention down to this one goal sounds simple, but actually achieving a healthy weight can be more difficult. It is doable, if you commit to little changes at a time. Just try the following: Continue reading

HPV in head and neck cancer

U-M researchers find best way to detect HPV, which will help with treatment choices

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Researchers study tumor slides to look for markers of HPV

As researchers have found that the majority of throat cancers are linked to HPV, the human papillomavirus, they have also found that patients with HPV-positive cancer tend to respond better to treatments than those with HPV-negative cancers. In fact, research is ongoing to see if reducing the intensity of these treatments in HPV-positive patients could result in equally good outcomes with fewer toxic side effects.

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Cancer deaths are linked to physical inactivity, so let’s move it!

Beautiful mature couple exercising.One-third of cancer deaths are linked to physical inactivity, poor diet and carrying too much weight!

When I first heard this statistic, I have to admit I was a little stunned. You mean we could eliminate approximately 190,000 cancer deaths a year by eating better, moving and maintaining a healthy weight?  (Not to mention improving overall health and diminishing the incidence of numerous other health problems such as:  heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, sleep apnea, gall stones and osteoarthritis??) Continue reading

Anti-cancer diet made simple

NAP-06 Special.inddThere has been an explosion of research in the area of nutrition for cancer prevention and prevention of cancer recurrence since 2005. From these studies a great deal of information has been gleaned about how to approach an anti-cancer diet. Most of the findings show that a diet that focuses on plant-based foods reduces the risk of cancer and recurrence.

What are plant-based foods?

Plant-based foods include:

Taming the flame: Grill safe this summer

flamegrillWe know eating healthy is important in fighting cancer. So how can you enjoy that summer cookout with friends and families without tossing healthy eating aside? Here are some tips on how to grill safe this summer.

Each year, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center dietitians field questions from patients about whether it’s safe to grill, given the evidence that grilled meats may contain cancer-causing agents. Guidelines from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) suggest that the type of food you grill may be more important than how you prepare it. Continue reading