cancer

  1. Sugary drinks can boost endometrial cancer risk

    Sugar boosts cancer risk in women

    I don't think anyone should be drinking sugary drinks at all -- because even in moderation, soda and other soft drinks can do real damage to men, women and children alike.

    But ladies, today I want to focus on you -- because new research finds that women who drink the sweet stuff have a much higher risk of endometrial cancer.

    Sugar of course causes blood sugar levels to spike and alters the body's insulin response. What makes a soda habit in particular so damaging is that it causes those sugar levels to spike and plunge quickly.

    When it happens too often, you get insulin resistance and diabetes.

    But even if you don't suffer from diabetes, changes to insulin and insulin growth factor proteins can lead to cancer -- including estrogen-dependent endometrial cancer.

    That's why any sugary drinks at all will cause your risk of this form of cancer to rise. The risk gets higher with every sip -- and if you drink soda regularly, your risk of this disease will jump by nearly 80 percent, according to the study of 23,039 postmenopausal women tracked for up to 25 years.

    Along with sugary drinks, the study also finds some other risk factors for this cancer -- including a few we already know about: age, obesity, diabetes and early puberty or late menopause.

    You don't have any control over your age or when menopause strikes. But you do have control over your weight and you can take steps to avoid diabetes -- and avoiding soda will help you to do both at the same time.

    Switch to water or seltzer instead. If you want a little flavor, infuse some fruit into it. And if you want a drink that will cut your risk of disease, including several types of cancer, try some tea.

  2. Keeping cancer risk factors away

    Beat cancer in an hour a day

    The ads say "Stand Up To Cancer" -- but if you really want to beat this disease, you need to do more than just stand up.

    You need to stand up and move around, because too much time off your feet and in a seat is one of the major cancer risk factors. And now, two new studies show how getting up and getting some movement can help slash your risk of two leading killer cancers: breast cancer and colon cancer.

    Ladies, you can start by going for a walk.

    An hour-long stroll each day can cut your risk of breast cancer by 14 percent -- and if you up your game and get an hour of more strenuous activity, the risk falls by 25 percent, according to the new study of more than 73,000 postmenopausal women.

    By "more strenuous" I don't mean running yourself ragged. Just a brisk walk, light jog or an hour of swimming or cycling will be enough to do the trick, according to the study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

    While this study focused on women and breast cancer, being sedentary is one of the  a major cancer factors in men and women alike. All that sitting around -- whether it's on the sofa in front of the TV or at a desk in front of a computer -- can lead to hormonal changes, especially changes in your sex hormones.

    And that, in turn, can increase your risk of the cancers related to those hormones, including cancers of the breast, endometrium and ovaries in women and cancers of the testicles and prostate in men.

    But as the second new study shows, being sedentary is also one of the major cancer risk factors for other types of disease -- especially colon cancer, and especially in men.

    The two numbers you need to remember here are 7 and 11. Spend less than 7 hours a day in any kind of a seat -- at work and at home -- and your risk of colon polyps will drop.

    But if you spend 11 hours or more a day parked in a seat, your risk of colon polyps jumps by 45 percent -- and that's true even if you spend a little time each day getting some exercise.

    In other words, exercise alone can't undo the damage of a sedentary lifestyle. You need to do more -- you need to make sure you're not sedentary in the first place.

    While the study didn't find the same colon risk for women, being sedentary can increase the risk of everything from other forms of cancer to diabetes to heart disease (and more) in both men and women.

    And that means men and women alike need to be sure to get up and get moving throughout the day, every day.

    That may seem tricky for some, especially if you work at a desk job. But it's not impossible. If you can't get up and walk around the block, at least get up and walk around the room.

    Pacing might seem like a nervous habit -- but if that's your only option, it's a habit that could save your life.

  3. Chamomile tea benefits turn off cancer cells

    A new study finds that a compound extracted from chamomile tea can switch off the defect that allows some cancer cells to survive and thrive.
  4. Getting fit slashes risk of cancer and heart disease

    A new study finds that keeping fit can dramatically slash your risk for lung and colon cancer as well as heart disease.
  5. Electronic devices disrupt sleep cycles

    The artificial LED light from electronic devices like iPads fool your body into thinking it's daytime disrupting melatonin production, leading to sleep issues, immunity problems, and reducing your protection against diseases like cancer.
  6. Low vitamin D levels getting lower

    Vitamin D levels continue to plunge, with more people battling insufficiencies and even deficiencies than ever before, according to a new study.
  7. CT scans: More radiation exposure than you realize

    CT scans deliver more than 100 times the radiation of an X-ray -- but many people don't realize the test delivers any radiation at all.
  8. Vitamin D fights c-MYC

    Vitamin D can protect against cancer -- and new research shows it can actually control the protein that allows tumors to grow.
  9. Walking and jogging prevents metabolic syndrome

    You can get healthier without even breaking a sweat -- and all you have to do is walk a little faster.
  10. Lycopene benefits can cut your stroke risk

    A key nutrient found in tomatoes and watermelons can cut your risk of a stroke by up to 55 percent.
  11. Smoking increases risk of deadliest stroke

    Smoking can increase the risk of stroke -- and new research shows the habit can increase the risk of one of the deadliest forms of stroke.
  12. Cosmetic chemical linked to diabetes risk

    A common class of chemicals used in cosmetics and around the home can increase the risk of diabetes in women.
  13. Why you need more vitamin C

    The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is set way too low, and researchers are now leading a push to have it increased. Find out how more C can help you.
  14. Some cancers can actually feed off chemotherapy

    Docs have long known that cancers can ultimately resist chemotherapy. Now, new research shows chemo can actually make some cancers stronger.
  15. Working the night shift can increase breast cancer risk

    Working the night shift is already considered a "probable carcinogen," and now new research shows it can dramatically boost the odds of breast cancer.
  16. Poor sleep habits raise stroke risk

    Poor sleep has been linked repeatedly to poor health, and new research shows how not getting enough sleep can increase your risk of a stroke.
  17. Sleep apnea linked to massive increase in cancer risk

    People with severe sleep apnea are nearly 500 percent more likely to die of cancer than people without the condition. Find out how to sleep better every night.
  18. Patients say real colonoscopy has less pain than virtual ones

    Patients think virtual colonoscopies are easier, but a survey of patients who've had both find real colonoscopies have less pain and more comfort.
  19. Mediterranean diet benefits are physical & mental

    People who stick to the Mediterranean diet have better overall physical and mental health, a new study confirms. Here's what you need to know.
  20. Low magnesium levels can boost your heart risk

    Low levels of the essential mineral magnesium can double your risk of death by heart disease -- and you probably have low levels.

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