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The CTCA blog

To test or not to test: The PSA and your prostate cancer risk

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For men seeking clarity on whether to undergo routine prostate cancer screening, two recent studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) may raise new questions. Since 2012, there’s been a drop in the routine use of the blood test known as the PSA, short for prostate-specific antigen, according to the studies published on Nov. 17. Meanwhile, fewer prostate cancers are being diagnosed.

Natural supplements for cancer patients: 7 to avoid

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Natural supplements—the very words sound healthy. Many times, they are. Adding vitamins, minerals and other natural remedies to your daily regimen can boost some people’s immune system, energy level and overall health. But if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, and especially if you are undergoing treatment, certain supplements may actually harm you.

Stage 0 breast cancer dilemma: To treat or not to treat?

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“You have breast cancer.” About 50,000 women will hear those words in 2015, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). But unlike the approximately 234,000 with invasive malignancies, these women will be diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer. Also known as ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, it is considered non-invasive because the cancer cells have not spread beyond the milk duct. Some patients are drawing attention for what they're doing about the disease—nothing at all in terms of treatment.

Fighting cancer one pound at a time

Kevin E. Woods, MD, MPH

With the holiday season on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about the diet and exercise pitfalls that come around the most wonderful time of the year. Getting your weight in check before the holidays may be especially important. In one 2000 study, published in Nutrition Reviews, for example, overweight participants gained nearly five times as much weight as the general population between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

It's the Great American Smokeout - time to kick butts and stop smoking

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Whoever said quitters never win and winners never quit probably never met a former smoker. Plenty of people, though, have yet to learn firsthand the many benefits that come with kicking the habit. According to the American Cancer Society, about 42 million Americans smoke cigarettes—or about 42 million too many. Today is a good time to reflect on what that means, as people across the country band together to encourage smokers to quit as part of the Great American Smokeout.