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Moderate Drinking Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

Posted by PCF Admin on November 6th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Research - A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found a correlation between the consumption of alcohol and increased risk of breast cancer. The data showed that even low-levels of drinking (3-6 glasses of wine per week) led to a 15% increase in breast cancer risk and that women who consumed higher levels of alcohol (at least 2 drinks per day) were found to have a 51% increase in breast cancer risk when compared to women who did not drink alcohol. The study spanned nearly 3 decades and involved more than 100,000 women. Dr. Wendy Y Chen of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and her colleagues cited alcohol’s effect on circulating estrogen levels as a possible, while unconfirmed, explanation for the correlation between levels of alcohol consumption and risk of developing breast cancer. Read the full article at Science Daily below. Low Levels of Alcohol Consumption Associated With Small Increased Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Finds

Moderate Exercise Offsets Extra Holiday Pounds

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 5th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - Weight gain is a recurring concern for many people during the holiday season. However, a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may have a gift of good news for you this year! Staff scientist Paul T. Williams found that runners and walkers, even those with higher body mass indexes (BMIs) and unhealthy diets, gain significantly less weight over time than those who have similar diets and do not exercise. Worried about your weight this holiday ...

Smokers, Obese Face Increased Health Care Costs

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Exercise Daily - It may not come as a surprise that people who smoke or are obese use more health care services than their co-workers, but you may be surprised to know that companies have started passing on those costs directly to employees. In 2012 there is expected to be a large increase in the number of companies that charge a higher premium for individuals who smoke or do not maintain a healthy weight. On the bright side, the ...

Sitting for Long Periods of Time Increases Cancer Risk

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 4th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Exercise Daily - Increasing daily physical activity is a great way to lower your cancer risk, but now there is another risk factor that you should know about – being seated for long periods of time is strongly linked to an increased risk for colorectal and breast cancer. "It seems highly likely that the longer you sit, the higher your risk," said Neville Owen, PhD of Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Dr. Owen presented the research ...