Breast Cancer Risk Factors and Prevention With Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG, Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Medical Advisory Board, discusses factors in the risk and prevention of breast cancer. Ms. Shockney shares advice for minimizing one's risk of developing breast cancer and explains the genetic factors that can come into play in the development of this disease.

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Vitamin D Supplements for Reducing Advanced Cancer Risk: Paulette Chandler, MD, MPH

In a study recently published in JAMA Network Open, a team of investigators led by Paulette Chandler, MD, MPH, found that vitamin D supplementation is associated with a decreased risk of developing advanced cancer, particularly among individuals with a normal body mass index (BMI). In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Chandler, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, discusses the significance of these results and the ongoing research investigating vitamin D supplementatio...
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Thanks to COVID, New Cancer Diagnoses Fell by Nearly Half

During the COVID-19 pandemic, guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and other organizations have recommended that cancer screening procedures involving in-person visits, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, be postponed. These delays have contributed to a whopping 46.4% drop in the combined rate of new diagnoses for six cancers. This is the finding of a cross-sectional study, results of which have now been published in a research letter in JAMA Network Open, a...
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Antioxidants Negate Harmful Effects of Radiation

Researchers discovered that in mouse models, low doses of radiation increase p53 mutations in cells, which is a genetic change associated with cancer. To combat this negative effect, the investigators found that giving mice an antioxidant prior to radiation stimulated proliferation of healthy cells that replaced the p53-mutant cells. For this study, published in Cell Stem Cell, the scientists tracked mouse cells during low-dose ionizing radiation (LDIR) and discovered that this procedure promote...
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Sugar Labeling May Reduce Cancer Risk

Obesity rates are on the rise in the United States, with almost every 4 in 10 adults affected. This condition puts people at an increased risk for developing 13 different types of cancers, including breast, colon and rectum, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, and pancreas, among others. Added sugars are deemed to be one of the culprits of obesity. In an effort to address the obesity epidemic, the FDA mandated in 2016 the use of sugar labeling, such as sugar content, on packaged foods. In order to d...
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