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  1. Breast cancer drugs don’t save lives

    Cancer drug isn't as good as advertised

    On the surface, it must seem like a miracle pill: Cancer drugs that can slash the risk of breast cancer in women with the highest risk of the disease by nearly 40 percent.

    New research confirms that estrogen-blocking cancer drugs such as tamoxifen really do deliver in that regard -- and the study is already being used to push these meds on millions of new patients, including "high-risk" but otherwise healthy women with no sign of the disease at all.

    But don't swallow that pill just yet -- because there's more to this story.

    While the headlines are focusing on that one finding -- the lower risk of cancer -- the study in The Lancet also finds that the breast cancer drugs have no impact at all on the disease's survival rates.

    In other words, they haven't saved a single life despite that drop in cancer risk.

    How could that be? Simple: The breast cancer drugs are likely preventing only the harmless tumors that are usually best left alone with a "watch and wait" approach.

    Now, I understand why some women might know all that and choose to take the drug anyway. No one wants the stress and angst of a cancer diagnosis, even if the disease itself is survivable.

    But the breast cancer drugs come with risks of their own, starting with the fact that they could actually increase the risk of other cancers -- including cancer of the uterus. The potential risk is so great that the American Cancer Society lists tamoxifen as a known carcinogen.

    In addition, there's evidence the drug may increase the risk of blood clots and stroke.

    And since the drugs work by blocking estrogen, you also could face all the risks that come with shrinking hormone levels -- including night sweats, hot flashes, skin conditions, and more.

    There are better and safer ways to slash your risk of cancer without upsetting your hormone balance, and I've told you about a few of them recently.

    Start by adding some natural detoxifiers to your menu, especially cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and kale. As I explained last year, these natural cancer-fighters can decrease the risk of dying of breast cancer by more than a third.

    In addition, the carotenoids found in some cruciferous vegetables as well as carrots and other veggies can reduce your risk of breast cancer by as much as 20 percent, according to Harvard University research.
    These vegetables don't come with any risks, only benefits and great taste.

    I'm not done with breast cancer yet -- keep reading for a risk factor many women may not be aware of.

  2. Slash prostate risk by getting healthy and active

    Healthy and active men have lower prostate risk

    Prostate tumors are far more common than most people realize -- and many of them are harmless.

    They don't need to be screened, treated, or removed.

    But some tumors really can put you in a battle for your life -- and there's one easy way to help make sure you don't get one of those.

    And all you have to do is get moving, staying healthy and active.

    The sedentary lifestyle is a known carcinogen, and new research confirms that men who spend the most time off their feet not only have a higher risk of prostate cancer, but a higher risk of aggressive and potentially deadly tumors.

    The key to making sure you're not one of them is getting between nine and 18 hours of activity a week. Not exercise (although you'll want some of that, too), but hours where you're simply up being healthy and active instead of parked in a chair.

    In the new study, men with suspected prostate tumors who got this basic level of activity were 53 percent less likely to have actual tumors. And when tumors were found, they were less likely to be among the men with high-grade tumors.

    The only "catch" here is that the benefit was only found among white men -- and not at all among black men. But don't let your own race, background, or gender stand in the way of fitness, because other studies have shown how everyone can benefit from staying healthy and active.

    Regular exercise has been shown to slash to risk of cancers of the colon, breast, lung, and more -- and fitness can help increase your chances of survival if you do get any of these diseases.

    Throw in all the other benefits of fitness -- from weight loss to heart protection -- and I'd say it's time to stop sitting and start moving.

    I'll have more on another way men and women alike can slash the risk of cancer tomorrow. It's simple... it's easy... it's free... and I can guarantee you that some people won't like it.

    Stay tuned!

  3. 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.
  4. The caramel color in sodas may be carcinogenic

    A key ingredient, caramel color, used in many colas and other soft drinks can increase your risk of cancer.
  5. 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.
  6. How to choose the right sunscreen

    Many sunscreens are loaded with dangerous chemicals -- including some of the most common brands. Find out how to choose natural safe sunscreens.

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