In the United States, colon cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death. Yet if people get regularly screened, colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. As the infographic shows below, early-stage colon cancer is very treatable. And now colonoscopies aren't the only option: USPSTF recently released new guidelines and said to choose a screening method that works for an individual's lifestyle.
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Most people know heavy drinkers have an increased risk for cancer, including colon cancer. Normally, people wouldn't think twice about sitting down for a beer and a well-deserved hour of a favorite television drama. Turns out even the average American who consumes one drink per day is increasing their risk for cancer.
"Omega-3" may sound like a name for a spaceship or perhaps Apple's next operating system, but Omega-3s are actually a fatty acid that are the building blocks for all fats in your body. They also have some serious health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce risk factors for heart disease by decreasing the amount of bad fat circulating in your blood. They're also really good for your eyes. Basically, taking Omega-3s will only improve your health.
It's pretty common knowledge that meditation positively impacts your health. It reduces stress, increases emotional wellbeing and many other benefits. But what if meditating also helps cancer survivors? A study from 2014 found that cancer survivors who meditate and do yoga for 45 minutes per day caused their cells to change structure and live longer. That's really exciting stuff!
A new study from the University of Illinois Chicago found early-stage colon cancer patients who received chemotherapy after surgery had increased survival rates. This study was groundbreaking because previous studies had only looked at higher risk cancer patients. This study, on the other hand, looked at stage 2 cancer patients.
Have you checked out your poop recently? Yes, this is a serious question. Keeping an eye on your body and the stuff that comes out of it could save your life. For example, really thin stool may be a sign of colon cancer or polyps. Check out the infographic for more information:
Did you know that getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night has huge impacts on your health? Getting enough sleep reduces inflammation, clears your head, helps you lose weight, reduces stress and promotes faster healing. Losing weight and reducing inflammation can also help you reduce your risk for colon cancer. Check out the infographic below for more details!
Last week, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated its recommendation guidelines for screening for colon cancer for the first time since 2008.
Heart disease and cancer have one huge similarity: healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risk for both. While people tend to consider cancer a stroke of bad luck and unpreventable, that might not be true. According to a couple of new studies, certain types of cancer are preventable, similar to how we can prevent heart disease.
Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden held the first ever Cancer Moonshot Summit at Howard University in Washington D.C. Community-organized Summits were also held all over the country and even in the UK.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama gave Joe Biden the task of leading a national effort to end cancer, henceforth called the Cancer Moonshot Summit. According to the Summit official website, the goal is to "double the rate of progress to the cure" and "make a decade worth of advances in five years."