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Tips to reduce your risk of skin cancer this summer

Mahdi Taha, DO, FACOI

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? With summer upon us, it’s important to remember that overexposure to the sun may have harmful side effects, including increasing your risk of skin cancer. Although some skin cancers are slow to spread and often respond to treatment, others are difficult to treat and may have lasting, even lethal consequences.

Study links exercise to reduced risk for 13 types of cancer

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If you’re looking for motivation to be more physically active, you may find it in a recent study that shows, in addition to its other health benefits, exercise may reduce the risk of 13 types of cancer. In the study, conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society and published in the May 2016 edition of the JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers examined the physical activity levels of  1.4 million people over an 11-year period.

From scurvy to genomics: Clinical trial participants pay it forward

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Throughout history, decision-makers have relied on clinical trials to make evidence-based improvements in the delivery of health care. From the first recorded study of whether beans or meat better prepared warriors in biblical times, to the discovery that lemons treated scurvy among ailing British sailors better than vinegar or cider, carefully controlled scientific studies have inspired medical advances for centuries. They are just as influential today, especially in the evolving world of cancer treatment.

What you need to know about breakthroughs in blood cancer treatments

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Advances in diagnosing and treating blood cancers have helped double survival rates, and the future outlook may be even brighter. Blood cancers—leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma—made up almost 10 percent of all cancer cases diagnosed in 2015, or about 162,000 new cancer cases. At the same time, progress is being made on the survival front. More than 1 million people are either living with the disease or are survivors.

Research shines light on cancer photo therapy

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For years, doctors have been harnessing the power of light as a tool in the fight against cancer. In a process called photodynamic therapy (PDT), light-sensitive drugs are injected into the body and settle into cancer cells. When the cells are exposed to certain light waves, the drugs are activated to kill the cells and shrink the tumor. Now researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have announced a breakthrough that may take light-based therapy to the next level.

Knowing your dad's health may be a gift to you

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This Father’s Day, you may want to sit down with your dad and discuss his medical history. Knowing about your father’s health may help you and your doctor determine your risks for a number of health issues, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.