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Fighters unite to beat cancer and raise awareness


Video: I am a fighter

I am a fighter

“I am a daughter, I am a sister, I am a teacher, I am a fighter.”

“I am a wife, I am a stepmother, I am a twin sister, I am fighter.”

These are the words of two determined fighters: breast cancer patient Miriam Trejo and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, respectively. The two women have come together to share their stories of fighting cancer and to inspire others in the midst of their own cancer battle.

7 ways to eat healthy during holiday travel

Sarah Kiser, MS, RD

Oh, the holidays. ’Tis the season for jingle bells, ice skating and food—all types of food. From candy canes to homemade cookies and everything in between, food is at the center of many holiday traditions. Throw traveling into the mix and often the eating habits you’ve worked so hard to improve start to run amok.

Epigenetics: Can your lifestyle choices lead to cancer in future generations?


Cancer is a disease of genetic mistakes. Our understanding of how these mistakes, or mutations, occur follows two paths. First, you may inherit a faulty gene from one or both parents, increasing your risk of cancer. Inherited mutations account for 5-10% of all cancers. Or, mutations may happen during your lifetime—due to smoking, diet, hormones or radiation—but aren’t passed on to your children. Known as somatic or sporadic mutations, these mistakes cause the vast majority of cancers.

Get your flu shot to stay healthy this winter


Every year, millions of us come down with the flu and spend several dreadful days in bed with a fever, chills and overall achy feeling. How to avoid the misery? The flu vaccine is considered the first and most important step. It’s particularly important for cancer patients and survivors, who are at increased risk of complications from the flu.