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Eating less meat may lower overall cancer risk

Published July 1, 2022

A 2022 study suggests that eating meat (including poultry) fewer than five times a week may protect people from cancer. Consuming only fish and no meat or following a vegetarian or vegan diet may offer even greater protection.

Home screening options for colorectal cancer

Published May 1, 2022

There are several at-home screening tests for colorectal cancer. The most accurate are a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and a multitarget stool DNA (mt-sDNA) test (Cologuard), also known as a FIT-DNA test. The FIT test uses antibodies to detect blood in stool, and must be done once a year. The FIT-DNA test can identify DNA from cancer cells in the stool and also has a FIT component to look for blood. This test may be repeated once every three years.

Unique blood test may offer a speedier cancer diagnosis

Published April 1, 2022

A groundbreaking blood test might someday identify cancer in people with unexplained but worrisome symptoms like unexplained weight loss, frequent fatigue, constant nausea, and new pain.

Can your diet protect against cancer?

Published March 1, 2022

Following a plant-based eating pattern, such as a vegetarian, vegan, or Mediterranean diet, helps manage cholesterol and lower the risk for heart disease. Studies have suggested that some elements of these diets also help protect against cancer, although the best approach is unclear. Experts suggest embracing an overall healthy diet that includes various fruits and vegetables, along with legumes and whole grains, along with cutting down on red meat, processed foods, and sugar-sweetened beverages.

Scoring highly on Alternative Healthy Eating Index lowers risk for many illnesses

Published February 8, 2022
Most of us know a healthy diet reduces the risk of heart disease but may not know it’s possible to choose a combination of foods that help lower risks for many illnesses. An index created by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health grades food choices and it’s easy to incorporate components of this into daily eating habits.

Five hours of weekly exercise may help prevent some cancers

Published February 1, 2022
Many cancers might be avoided if people did at least five hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week like brisk walking, biking riding, and water aerobics.

Are women being over-diagnosed with thyroid cancer?

Published January 1, 2022
Compared to men, women may be over-treated for a certain type of thyroid cancer that is usually not dangerous.

Adding ultrasound to mammography improves cancer detection rate

Published November 1, 2021
A combination of mammography and ultrasound may increase accuracy of breast cancer screening.

Cancer survivors' sleep is affected long after treatment

Published October 22, 2021
According to a new study, many people who have survived cancer treatment experience poor sleep long after treatment has ended. These people also reported emotional distress, financial hardship, and concern that their cancer might return. Many sleep disorders can be treated successfully, but an accurate diagnosis is essential to choosing the correct treatment.

Cancer report shows a mixed bag

Published October 1, 2021
Women are being diagnosed with cancer at a higher rate than in the past—but death rates for women with the disease are down, says a report published July 8, 2021, in JNCI: The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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