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Do your part to save your life…

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Nobody wants cancer, but in the U.S. one in every two men and one in every three women will get it at some point in their lives.

February is National Cancer Prevention month, and although there are no guarantees—we all know those who have developed the disease through circumstances beyond their control—science has shown us that many cancer cases are preventable through practical, healthy lifestyle choices.

The Harvard School of Public Health estimates up to 75 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. could be prevented, while the American Cancer Society declares about 60 percent of American cancer cases to be preventable. Read More

New research shows jump in surveillance but not many active

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For some men whose prostate cancer screening tests return positive, it’s advisable to simply watch and wait to see what the cancer will do.

This approach of closely monitoring so-called “low grade” cancer cases has grown in scientific merit, with research indicating that low-risk cancer does not inherently become high-risk cancer that could shorten a man’s life. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Between 1990 and 2009, 7-14 percent of men opted for surveillance over treatment. That number jumped to 40 percent between 2010 and 2013—and 76 percent of men 75 or older chose this option.

But the report, published in the journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, also showed that most men on the “watch and wait” list aren’t doing much watching.

Between 6.5 and 12 percent of those who participated in a study of nearly 190,000 men with prostate cancer participated in proactive surveillance of their disease.

The most telling indicator of whether prostate cancer is high risk is the Gleason score, which is determined through a test of tissue following a biopsy.

Monitoring prostate cancer versus treating it directly falls into two categories, according to the American Cancer Society. “Active surveillance” includes regular PSA testing, digital rectal exams and ultrasounds to determine of the cancer is growing. “Watchful waiting,” while similar in terms of testing, is typically less intensive and invasive.

Although doctors don’t always take the same approach to this strategy of addressing prostate cancer—or have the same opinion about watchful waiting or surveillance—it is important for patients to remain proactive in participating in follow-up appointments and taking an active role in their care, in case the cancer does begin to spread.



Tennessee among states in cancer peril

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Tennessee has made its mark on the nation’s cancer map, and it’s not a pretty picture.

The state is among a handful (all in the South) that rank higher, or lower, than the rest of the country when it comes to leading risk factors for the disease, according to a recent report of the American Cancer Society (data illustrated by National Public Radio.) An estimated 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to ACS.

Tennessee leads the nation in rates of obesity and smoking, while trailing in measures that reduce the risk of cancer including exercise and eating healthy foods.

Here are how the statistics break down for the state:

• 24.3% are smokers

• 33.7% are obese

• 37.2% don’t exercise regularly

• 17.6% eat fruit twice daily

• 11.2% eat three vegetables daily

Compare this with Vermont, for example, in which 16.6 percent of the population smokes, 24.7 percent are obese, and just 20.5 percent don’t exercise or California where nearly one-quarter of the population eats the recommended services of vegetables and nearly 40 percent the recommended servings of fruit. (Truth is, there’s room for improvement across the country.)

In addition, many Americans fail to get recommended screenings for common cancer types. In Tennessee, just 56.5 percent of women over the age of 40 had a mammogram in the past year. And only 66.4 percent of both men and women had been tested for colorectal cancer. These screenings often result in early detection of cancer, which increases chances of survival.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to stay this way. Changing lifestyle habits such as adding daily exercise and smoking cessation increases your odds against cancer as well as other lifestyle-related diseases. Find out how to take first steps toward decreasing your cancer risk.