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Cancer Prevention

The scientific and medical communities are learning more all the time about strategies, drugs, foods and lifestyle choices that may lower the risk of developing cancer. Read the blogs below to find out more.

One way to lower your cancer risk: Cut the extra sugars

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blog sugar

The grapefruit diet. Atkins. South Beach. Low-fat. Low-carb. High-protein. It seems like there’s a fad diet for every taste bud out there. While the cornucopia of weight-loss plans varies widely on what you should and shouldn’t eat to lose weight, there’s one ingredient just about all of them agree should be cut: added sugars. That’s because excess sugars are not just empty calories; they also contribute to weight gain, which may in turn lead to obesity.

What are the signs of breast cancer?

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Signs of breast cancer

If your tire goes flat, a warning sign may appear on the dashboard. If your smartphone battery is low, it may send you an alert. The human body has a similar alarm system. From hives and rashes to pains, fever and vomiting, your body has its own way of letting you know something’s wrong. Some signs are more subtle than others. Breast cancer is one disease that often causes a variety of more obvious signs and symptoms that may alert you to a potential concern to share with your doctor.

Study: Bad cell copies lead to most cancers

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cancer mutations

If you’ve ever relied on a copy machine, you know what happens when it goes on the fritz. Whether it's low on toner, has a paper jam or turns your original into something resembling an accordion, the results can ruin your work product. On a much more consequential scale, similar breakdowns occur in the human body, which is responsible for churning out billions of replicas of new cells every day.

What does a BRCA gene mutation mean for men?

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BRCA mutation

With all the awareness around breast cancer these days, lots of attention has been focused on the risks posed by BRCA gene mutations. But many people mistakenly believe that BRCA is only a concern for women, even though men are just as likely as women to have a BRCA mutation. “Because men have a much lower risk than women of developing cancer due to a BRCA mutation, they are less likely to be tested for the mutation,” says Melanie Corbman, Genetic Counselor at our hospital in Philadelphia.

What men should know about new prostate cancer screening guidelines

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PSA

Prostate cancer screening made headlines again recently because of a change in the recommendations about the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent and influential panel of experts, updated its guidance from 2012. The new guidelines, which are still in draft form as the task force seeks public comment, indicate an evolution in the panel’s thinking.

The dangers of fake medical news

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Fake News

In today’s busy news environment—with its 24-hour story cycles, social media platforms and flood of information—phony medical news spreads like a flu virus. Even serious topics like cancer, heart disease and drug addiction aren’t immune to becoming fodder for fake news, with misinformation masquerading as facts. If you search for the term “cancer treatment” on Google, you’ll get millions of pages of articles and websites on the topic.