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More Americans are surviving cancer

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Cancer prevention efforts, early detection and treatment saved 1.3 million American lives over almost two decades as the cancer death rate fell by 20%.

The data comes from American Cancer society’s annual report on how many people have died from cancer and will be diagnosed in the coming year. The latest report reviewed incidence, mortality and survival rates between 1991 and 2010, the most recent year statistics were available.

Hashimoto's disease and papillary thyroid cancer can go hand-in-hand

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month and today we’re looking at the most common thyroid disease in the United States—Hashimoto's disease (a.k.a., Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, autoimmune thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis). It is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system damages cells in the thyroid gland and prevents it from producing enough thyroid hormone, which helps regulate metabolism, heartbeat, body temperature and other essential functions.

Women urged to meet with a genetic counselor before BRCA genetic test

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that only a limited number of women should receive genetic testing to see if they are at increased risk of breast cancer.

This announcement comes on the heels of heightened interest in genetic testing after actress Angelina Jolie's announcement last May that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy because she carried an abnormal BRCA1 gene.

Setting realistic New Year's resolutions

Laura Sunn, MD

By now, many of us have resolved to make 2014 better than 2013 by making lifestyle changes. We promise to lose 20 pounds, cook more meals at home and organize every room in the house… And those are just a few! While it’s great to make changes in your behavior to improve your sense of well-being, sometimes resolutions can be too much to tackle.

The importance of folic acid in your diet

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This week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. So what is it about this B vitamin that makes it worthy of national recognition?

Most of us know that folic acid, called folate in its natural form, is important for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy. The National Council on Folic Acid reports that folic acid can prevent 50-70 percent of some serious birth defects of the brain and spine (neural tube defects), such as spina bifida.

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