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U.S. smoking rate drops to 18 percent

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 28th, 2013 | No Comments »
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The nation’s smoking rate for adults has dipped to 18 percent after a seven year stall, according to a report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The new report is from a survey of about 35,000 U.S. adults, in which participants were asked to identify themselves as smokers if they had smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime. The rate was only 9 percent for people ages 65 and older, but about ...

HPV vaccine proving effective

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The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has decreased the incidence of the cancer-causing virus among teenage girls by 56 percent since the vaccine was approved in 2006. Despite these striking results, vaccination rates are still low in the U.S. Only one-third of teenage girls have received the full three-dose series of the HPV vaccine. Doctors aren't sure why the decline in HPV infections is so great, but believe it could be the result of herd immunity, in ...

Healthy fats reduce prostate cancer spread

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A new study suggests men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer may reduce the spread of the disease by eating a diet high in healthy vegetable fats. Though it is common for doctors to recommend cutting out fat completely after a prostate cancer diagnosis, this latest study challenges that advice. Researchers also found that "good" fats were tied to a lower risk of dying from any cancer. According to lead researcher Erin Richman, vegetable ...

AMA declares obesity a disease

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The nation’s largest physicians group, the American Medical Association (AMA) has officially declared obesity a disease. Supporters of the disease classification believe this decision could lead to improvements in obesity prevention and treatment by spurring health insurers and the government to fund anti-obesity services and getting doctors to pay more attention to the condition. Opponents of the decision say obesity is more a risk factor for other conditions than a disease. Critics are also concerned ...