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Rethinking Cancer

Traditional initiatives that aim to prevent cancer have largely ignored the role of toxic substances in the environment. EWG wants to change that with new investigations on environmental causes of cancer. We will inform and empower you with tips and tools to help stop...

How a red wine compound may prevent cancer

Previous studies have suggested that resveratrol — the chemical compound found in grapes and red wine — may have anticancer properties. But now, a new study shows how the compound can stop a mutated protein, which is present in more than half of all breast cancer cases, from aggregating.

Breast reconstruction with implants 

One type of breast reconstruction uses breast implants — silicone devices filled with silicone gel or salt water (saline) — to reshape your breasts. Breast reconstruction with breast implants is a complex procedure performed by a plastic surgeon.

Annual Report to the Nation: Cancer Death Rates Continue Long Decline

Part 1 of the report shows the rate of death from cancer in the United States is decreasing for all major racial and ethnic groups, and for the most common types of cancer, including lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate. However, the report identified some cancer types with increasing death rates, including liver, pancreas, and brain cancer in men and women; oral cavity, throat, soft tissue, non-melanoma skin cancer in men; and uterine cancer in women.

Decoding Meat and Dairy Product Labels

Most animals raised for meat, milk and eggs are on industrial farms that contaminate our air, soil and water. These farms rely heavily on antibiotics and other synthetic treatments to boost outputs, and combat diseases caused by stressful, crowded and unsanitary...

Breast Cancer Treatment Choices: Web Tools and a Chance to Exhale Make a Difference 

Many women with breast cancer feel incompletely informed about their treatment options by their doctors and worry about whether they are making the right choices, according to a nationwide survey published online in December 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The good news: A second study, published in the same issue of that journal, suggests that something as simple as an interactive web program can boost patient knowledge about treatment options and restore their confidence in the decision-making process.

Cell phone radiation: Could high exposure cause tumors?

Dr. Otis W. Brawley, of the American Cancer Society (ACS), notes that while the preliminary results are “bound to create a lot of concern, […] the evidence for an association between cell phones and cancer is weak, and so far, we have not seen a higher cancer risk in people.” “But,” he continues, “if you’re concerned about this animal data, wear an earpiece.” #breasrcancer

What’s the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care? 

Sometimes, the terms “palliative care” and “hospice care” are used interchangeably, but they aren’t the same. Hospice care is a special type of palliative care that’s provided when a person is expected to live six months or less. (3) In contrast, palliative care can be offered any time during a person’s cancer journey.

Oncotype DX Informs Treatment Choices 

For early-stage invasive breast cancer (Stage I-IIIa), the Oncotype DX test can tell you the likelihood that you may benefit from chemotherapy, as well as the chances of your breast cancer returning (recurrence). Along with the information in your pathology report and other factors, your Oncotype DX test results can help you and your doctor determine the most appropriate treatment options for you based on the biology of your individual cancer.

We are what we eat: New paper outlines how the regulatory gaps in the US threaten our health

Failures in our current regulatory system put the public’s health at risk as exemplified in the case of perchlorate, a chemical allowed in food and a well-known endocrine disrupting compound. Perchlorate’s ability to disrupt normal functioning of the thyroid means that even low levels of exposure, especially in those with inadequate iodine intake, can adversely impact the developing brains of infants and children.

Making Medical Decisions

When you are newly diagnosed with any serious illness, you will have to make decisions that could have life-or death consequences. You need to know all your treatment options, the likely survival outcomes, and all the side effects and other short-term and long-term risks for each option. You want to be very sure that you will be better off with treatment than without treatment, and you want to be sure that any treatments you choose are the best ones available. You should read whatever you can, and you should also ask questions of other patients and your doctors.

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