Prevent Skin Cancer: Get Screened Annually

Screening for skin cancer takes only 10 minutes but the benefits could last your lifetime. The key to treating skin cancer is to find it early. That’s when all forms of skin cancer – including melanoma – the deadliest form – are highly treatable. “One of the best things people can do is get an […]

Too Many People Skip Important Colon Cancer Screenings

Although colorectal cancer remains the the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, many people can lower their risk by staying up to date with screening tests. If colon cancer is detected in its early stages, it is up to 90 percent curable, according to the National Cancer Institute. Despite the effectiveness of […]

Have a Healthy New Year: Take Advantage of Screenings

Resolve to protect your health this year by staying up to date with important health screenings and immunizations. A simple phone call to schedule an appointment with your primary health provider is the first step toward taking charge of your health. Screenings help detect illnesses and diseases early, when they’re often easier to treat. “It’s […]

Four in 10 Cancers Linked to Tobacco Use

Although fewer adults nationwide smoke cigarettes, 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States are linked to tobacco use, a report finds. The new federal statistics are a somber reminder that tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths. Tobacco use includes cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products such […]

Prevent Lung Cancer: Test Your Home for Radon

Many people rely on Daylight Savings as a safety reminder to change the batteries in their home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Here’s something else to consider: test the level of radon in your home. Radon – a gas that naturally forms in rocks, soils and groundwater – is the second leading cause of lung […]

Learn Your Family’s Health History This Thanksgiving

A simple conversation this Thanksgiving could help you and other members of your family live healthier lives. As you gather together with relatives, take time to also gather your family’s medical history. By asking your relatives a few simple questions, you can discover if diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain cancers such as breast […]

Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

Although women can’t control how old they are or their genetics, which both influence the risk of breast cancer, they can take other actions to help prevent the disease. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Years […]

Millions of Older Americans Not Getting Enough Exercise

More than 25 percent of Americans who are 50 or older do not exercise regularly and are physically inactive, according to a new federal health report. As a result, millions of people are missing out on many health-related benefits linked to staying active. Not only can physical activity reduce the risk of premature death, but […]

Exercise May Counter Health Risks of Sitting, Analysis Finds

Commuting to work. Attending meetings. Working at the computer. It’s easy to rack up eight or more hours of sitting every day, which has been associated with a higher risk of early death. Here’s some good news for the millions of Americans worrying about sitting too much: an hour of physical activity every day may […]

Healthy Diet Can Include Fat, Analysis Shows

Eating a high-fat Mediterranean diet may protect against breast cancer, diabetes and heart problems. A review of more than 55 studies finds that when people stick to this plant-based diet and use olive or canola oil in their cooking, they had a lower risk for these diseases. “Healthy diets can include a lot of fat, […]