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Many Oncologists in the Dark About LGBTQ Health Needs

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FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 – Most cancer specialists are comfortable treating LGBTQ patients, but many aren't confident in their knowledge about these patients' specific health needs, a new survey finds. "Cancer care within the LGBTQ community is a largely ignored public health issue," said Gwendolyn Quinn, a professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Population Health at NYU ...

Cancer Diagnosis May Quadruple Suicide Risk

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 – The risk of suicide is more than four times higher among Americans with cancer than those without the disease, a new study finds. "Even though cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, most cancer patients do not die from cancer, the patients usually die of another cause," said researcher Nicholas Zaorsky, a radiation oncologist in the Penn ...

Make Cancer Prevention a Priority in 2019

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FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 – If one of your resolutions for 2019 is to improve your health, reducing your risk of cancer should be part of that goal, a cancer expert says. While cancer risk factors such as family history and aging can't be controlled, lifestyle changes such as eating right, staying active and not smoking can lower your risk, said Dr. Elias Obeid. He is director of breast, ovarian and ...

More Proof High-Fiber Diets Help Prevent Cancers, Heart Disease

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THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 – A large, new analysis helps confirm that eating lots of grains, vegetables and fruit lowers your risk of dying early from cancer or heart disease. When compared with those who consume very little fiber, people at the high end of the fiber-eating spectrum saw their risk for dying from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and/or colon cancer plummet by 16 to 24 percent, ...

Even a Little Exercise May Help Cancer Patients Live Longer

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THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 – Regular exercise before and after a cancer diagnosis significantly improves odds of survival, a new study finds. Among more than 5,800 U.S. patients with a range of early- to late-stage cancers, those who exercised three or four times a week before and after their diagnosis had a 40 percent lower risk of death than inactive patients, researchers reported. But survival ...

Health Tip: Nurture Your Emotional Health as a Cancer Patient

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-- If you have cancer, it is important to take care of your emotional health, too, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. A positive outlook has been linked to a lower risk of disease and injury, a better immune system, longer life and greater work productivity, the agency adds. The CDC offers these suggestions for bolstering your emotional health: Spend time with family and ...

Many Medical Marijuana Patients Drive While High

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 – Medical marijuana may help the thousands of Americans who use it, but far too many of these folks are getting behind the wheel while high, new research shows. In a poll of medical marijuana patients in Michigan, more than half acknowledged having driven within two hours of consuming a cannabis treatment at least once during the prior six months. About 20 percent they ...

Cancer Patients May Face Greater Risk of Shingles

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 – Newly diagnosed cancer patients may be at increased risk for the painful skin condition shingles, a new study finds. Experts say development of new vaccines might help prevent shingles in cancer patients. The study, of about 240,000 cancer patients in Australia from 2006 to 2015, found that any type of cancer was associated with a 40 percent increased risk of developing ...

U.S. Cancer Deaths Continue to Decline

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TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 – Over the past 25 years, the number of Americans who have died from cancer has dropped dramatically, though racial and economic disparities persist, a new study reveals. Between 1991 and 2016, deaths from cancer dropped 27 percent. In real numbers, that's almost 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. "The decline in deaths is largely ...

As Medical Marketing Soars, Is Regulation Needed?

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TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 – Turn on prime-time TV and you'll likely see a pitch for arthritis or impotence pills, and maybe a cancer center. Advertisers spent nearly $10 billion marketing prescription drugs and medical services to the American public in 2016 – five times what they doled out 20 years earlier, a new study finds. Experts said the results raise questions about the influence of ...

Suicide Risk Rises Following Cancer Diagnosis

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MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 – A cancer diagnosis can be tough to take, and a new study finds many patients contemplate suicide. That risk is most pronounced in the year following the diagnosis, researchers reported. The risk for suicide among newly diagnosed cancer patients also varies by the type of cancer, they added. "Both cancer and suicide are leading causes of death and present a major public ...

Health Tip: Getting the Flu If You Have Cancer

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-- If you have had cancer, you are at a higher risk for developing flu-related complications, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC offers the following flu prevention tips: If you are 65 or older, get the high-dose flu vaccine, which contains four times the strength as the regular flu shot. Consider getting the pneumococcal shot to prevent pneumoccal disease. Make a ...

Is Your State a Hotspot for Obesity-Linked Cancers?

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THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 – What state you call home may have a great deal to do with your chances of developing an obesity-related cancer, a new report suggests. A nearly twofold difference exists between U.S. states with the highest and lowest proportion of obesity-related cancers, American Cancer Society researchers have found. The highest is in the District of Columbia, at 8 percent, and the ...

Heart Risks High in Older Cancer Patients Before Diagnosis

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FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 – There's a significant rise in the risk of heart attack and stroke in older people in the months before they're diagnosed with cancer, a new study finds. "Our data show there is an associated risk of ischemic stroke and heart attack that begins to increase in the five months before the cancer is officially diagnosed, and peaks in the month just before," said study author ...

Health Tip: How Alcohol May Raise Cancer Risk

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

-- Alcohol use has been associated with cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast, the American Cancer Society says. The society describes how alcohol can affect the body, noting that the more you drink, the higher your risk: Alcohol can damage bodily tissues. Alcohol can make it easier for harmful irritants, such as tobacco, to enter the body. Alcohol ...

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