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Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, holds potential benefits


For more than 4,000 years, the Asian spice turmeric has been used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as the yellow pigment that gives many curry dishes a golden hue.

Shana Deneen, ND, FABNO, DiplAc, a naturopathic oncology provider at our hospital in Tulsa, says preliminary lab studies have suggested when curcumin is used in combination with cancer treatment, it may help inhibit the growth of breastcolon and prostate cancer.

How to make your own sunscreen


Video: Cancer Treatment Centers of America Shows How to Make Sunscreen

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Shows How to Make Sunscreen

Sunscreen helps protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are responsible for more than 90 percent of skin cancer cases in the United States. Sara Gomendi, ND, a naturopathic resident at our Tulsa hospital, appears on Good Morning Texas to explain how to make your own sunscreen.

Beyond blue: Coping with depression and cancer


With the tragic and untimely death of Robin Williams last week, the topic of depression is in the public spotlight. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 4 people fighting cancer are clinically depressed. And while most people who battle depression are able to find relief that Williams didn’t, it’s a wake-up call for all of us to be more aware of the symptoms, and get help for ourselves or loved ones.

Should we throw cold water on the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'?


If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter recently, you’ve probably seen the Ice Bucket Challenge. The campaign asks people to donate $100 to ALS research or pour a bucket of ice water over their head. Anyone who performs this feat on camera then nominates several friends to take the same challenge for ALS, an incurable, neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gherig’s disease.

HPV test or Pap test for cervical cancer screening?


If you’re between ages 30 and 65, you may have had the HPV test along with a Pap test as part of routine screening. For almost 60 years, the Pap test has been the preferred way to detect early pre-cancerous changes that can lead to cervical cancer, but can the newer HPV test do a better job?

Researchers have been studying the question for more than 15 years and their results support the idea that the HPV test could be the primary cervical cancer screening tool.

Study links breast cancer to high-dose estrogen birth control pills


You may have heard that taking the birth control pill increases your risk of cancer, but does it matter which pill you take? A team of researchers analyzed different pill types and found a 50 percent increase in breast cancer risk among women taking high-dose estrogen pills.

The good news is that low-dose pills did not seem to increase breast cancer risk, according to the recent study in Cancer Research. Today, most women on birth control pills use the low-dose kind.