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New Colon Cancer Test May Increase Screening Numbers

Posted by PCF Admin on June 14th, 2012 | No Comments »

Regular Screening - Getting screened for colorectal cancer is important for the prevention and early detection of the disease. However, too many Americans who should be screened are failing to do so. In 2010, only 59% of Americans who should have been screened for colorectal cancer were, compared to 67% for breast cancer and 76% for cervical cancer. During an optical colonoscopy, required every 10 years, a doctor inserts a scope into the colon to detect and remove small polyps that could potentially develop into cancer. The procedure itself is relatively easy but some shy away because of the colonoscopy prep that requires drinking laxatives in order to empty the bowels. A virtual colonoscopy, required every 5 years, still requires bowel cleansing, but is less invasive and only involves a CT scan. The new method is an alternative for those people who are not getting tested because of the prep involved with either a standard optical or virtual colonoscopy. Patients are given a contrast dye a day or so before the procedure that "tags" the feces in their colon. The patient then has a virtual colonoscopy: the feces can be identified and digitally removed from the CT image. The Annals of Internal Medicine recently released a ...

Skip the Soda: Grab a Refreshing, Healthy Drink This Summer

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 13th, 2012 | No Comments »

Healthy Eating - Summer is right around the corner, as is the need to remain hydrated in the approaching hot weather. Drinking water is a great way to prevent dehydration, but be careful what other liquids you are grabbing this season. Sugary drinks such as soda are not good for you, especially those sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. Contrary to popular belief, diet sodas are not a healthier alternative. They have been linked to weight gain and the risk ...

Prevent Cancer Foundation Partners with The Life Tie Project

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Foundation News - The Prevent Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with The Life Tie Project. This inspiring company creates beautiful neckties and scarves designed to start conversations about improving cancer treatment and donates the proceeds of each Life Tie purchase to organizations and initiatives that make a substantial impact on cancer research and prevention. I recently spoke to Sevan Mehrabian, Director of Outreach at The Life Tie Project, about the motivation behind creating the Project, ...

New Approaches Necessary to Counteract Growing Childhood Obesity Rates

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on June 12th, 2012 | No Comments »

Prevention - Childhood obesity is on the rise and has garnered more attention with the recent release of an Institute of Medicine report and the HBO documentary “The Weight of the Nation.” Current research stresses the need for action in counteracting growing obesity rates—including strategies specifically targeting pregnant women, infants and toddlers. In the U.S., 10% of preschoolers are obese and another 10% are overweight. Obese preschoolers are likely to be obese throughout their childhood. Studies have found ...