Prevent Cancer Foundation Blog

Reduce your risk: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Lisa Berry on November 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »
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No Smoking / Regular Screening - (PHOTO LICENSE) During my sophomore year of college, I watched the ease of cigarette addiction. My hallmate, Jason, started smoking. It was only occasional at first. He would bum a cigarette at a party now and then. Then it was “only when he drank” (which, in college, was easily three days a week). His smoking slowly increased until he was smoking a pack a day. He tried to quit during finals week, but the stress of exams on top of his addiction was too much, and he reverted back to his habit. Smoking is highly addictive, but worse than dealing with the withdrawal of quitting is what might happen if you continue to smoke. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. And while non-smokers do sometimes get lung cancer, more than 80% of lung cancer cases are attributed to smoking. Annually, more than 224,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and nearly 160,000 will die of the disease. November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, and we are stressing the importance of knowing the ways you can reduce your lung cancer risk. Along with smokers, others at risk include those who: have a history of heavy smoking (even ...

Prevention and politics: Why your voice matters

Posted by Elizabeth HofflerElizabeth Hoffler on October 31st, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - Midterm elections are upon us. If you are like most Americans, you can’t wait for November 4 to come and go, so that you are no longer bombarded with political commercials and mailings, requests for money, and appeals for votes. It’s easy to get frustrated by our political system. There is significant gridlock and partisanship. The debates and disagreements can be nasty. Meaningful change often moves at an extremely slow pace. So what if you ...

Make your Halloween a healthy one

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on October 30th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - (PHOTO LICENSE) The word “Halloween” might conjure up images of endless Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, caramel apples galore and little kids dressed up as ninja turtles, zombies or Elsa from Frozen. Healthy eating, however, probably doesn’t come to mind. Daily healthy eating can reduce your risk for cancer, which affects nearly 1.6 million Americans every year. To reduce your risk, approach every day (including holidays) through the lens of prevention. Eating a well-balanced diet of fruits, ...

Research progress report: Folic acid and breast cancer risk

Posted by Jenny Twesten, Manager, Research Administration and Conference Planning on October 29th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Research - We’re donning our brightest shades of pink this month to raise awareness of breast cancer. This year, an estimated 232,670 women and 2,360 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Nearly 40,430 people will die of the disease. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Foundation research awardee Ligi Paul, PhD, of Tufts University to give us an update on her study of folic acid and breast cancer risk. Dr. Paul’s project is one of ...