Topic: Cancer Prevention

Is Cancer Hereditary? Find Out if Cancer Runs in Your Family

Published by on October 6, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Is cancer hereditary? And, why does cancer happen in younger people?  Those two questions happen to be connected… The general rule of thumb is: If someone develops cancer under the age of 50, there’s a very high chance that it’s caused by cancer-related inherited mutations. Meaning, the person was born with certain mutations and it was really just a matter of time before they developed into cancer.  (Though, if you have cancer-causing inherited mutations, it’s not 100% certain that you will develop cancer at any point in your life. It ultimately comes down to chance and other lifestyle factors.) And…this is why we offer inherited mutation testing! You may or may not know this, but Cancer Treatment Options and Management (CTOAM) also has a sister...
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How to Reduce Your Cancer Risk as You Age

Published by on September 29, 2021 | Share your thoughts

Is it possible to reduce cancer risk as you get older? You’ve probably noticed that older folks are more affected by cancer than younger people. Of course, there are many exceptions – you may even be one of them, or perhaps you know someone who developed cancer at younger age. I meet people each day who are in their 30s or 40s and, despite being the picture of health, find themselves faced with cancer. In next week’s email, I’ll reveal why and how that occurs…and what you can do about it! But first, let’s unpack this all-too-common question: Why are older people more prone to cancer? CTOAM’s cancer expert & research scientist, Alex Rolland, made a video for you to explain just that. How to...
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Cancer Facts vs. Fiction: How Can You Tell the Difference?

Published by on September 22, 2021 | Share your thoughts

How can you determine what are cancer facts versus false claims? This is one of the fundamental questions that I try to help folks answer. So let’s dive right in with a simple example… And one that starts with a confession 🙂 I must admit: I love a nice, cold diet Pepsi every now and again! And if you’re anything like me, you might’ve wondered from time to time… Do artificial sweeteners cause cancer? I’d heard rumors of this here and there but never knew the actual answer. And with the use of sweeteners on the rise, our research scientist and cancer expert, Alex Rolland, made a video to explain more. Take a look as we get to the bottom of this! How to Determine...
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What’s New in Cancer Research?

Published by on April 10, 2021 2 Comments

New Studies and Articles in Cancer Research Welcome to our ongoing list of new studies and articles published on cancer research. Explore the archive below to see which ones are useful to you and your doctor.  Diet and Exercise Intervention May Increase Efficacy of Chemotherapy in Pediatric Patients With Leukemia ASTRO Survey Explores Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Radiation Oncology Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Delivery of Breast Cancer Care in New York Statins Reduced Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Meta-analysis The COVID-19 Pandemic and Cancer Care for Older Patients in the United States: Effect on Diagnosis and Treatment Does Following a Mediterranean Diet Reduce the Risk of Disease Progression in Men on Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer? Fecal Microbiota Transplants May Help Patient...
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Foods to Avoid with Cancer Treatment?

Published by on April 7, 2021 1 Comment

We get asked this question a lot from our patients and readers. It makes sense… Since diet is one of things you can have control over during your cancer care! Our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, made a video to explain which foods you should be avoiding when you’re on cancer treatment: 👉 Watch here Foods to Avoid with Cancer Treatment With chemo, Alex says you definitely want to avoid eating foods that are involved in inflammation. These include… Saturated fats – often found in cheeses, meats, and junk food Acrylamides – a byproduct of barbecuing, cooking, and used in the food industry Bisphenols – a compound found in water bottles and in the lining of tin cans. (Bisphenols are what Alex calls an ‘endocrine effector’,...
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2 Lifestyle Changes for Cancer Care

Published by on February 24, 2021 | Share your thoughts

When it comes to lifestyle changes for cancer care, almost every patient I talk to asks this question: What should I be eating to help me beat cancer?  But less than half will ask about other self-care aspects, like exercise – and this is actually just as important… So here’s the skinny on both for you! See what our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, has to say about the best diet and exercise plan for cancer patients: Watch here 👇 Important Lifestyle Changes for Cancer Care First up…diet! In a nutshell, cancer patients will generally want to follow a longevity diet: ✅ Intermittent fasting✅ Reduced caloric intake✅ Mostly vegetarian diet (especially after 50 years old)✅ Foods that are easily digested✅ Wide variety of plant-based foods Dietary...
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Can Meditation Help with Cancer?

Published by on February 10, 2021 | Share your thoughts

CTOAM’s Cancer Expert Explores the Connection Between Meditation and Cancer… “When I was going through treatment, I started meditating every day. I’d never done that before but Alex suggested it and some other friends of mine did, too. It definitely helped. That was years ago…as I started to feel better and my life went back to normal, I stopped. Life just got busy. And yeah, I’d like to get back into it…it was really beneficial.” – Annette That’s what one of our patients, Annette, shared with me when we talked a few months ago about how she was feeling being in long-term remission, and reflecting on her journey with cancer and CTOAM. We helped Annette go from stage IV to long-term remission with our Precision...
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Does Green Tea Help with Cancer?

Published by on January 13, 2021 1 Comment

What’s one super simple thing you can do every day to feel better? The answer is steeping in your favorite mug… Green tea! Yes, that’s right. Drinking green tea does so much goodness for your body, like…controlling certain genes in cancers. 🧬 How?  Here’s what our cancer expert, Alex Rolland, has to say about green tea…Watch here ⬇️ Green tea has an active ingredient called ECGC (aka ‘epigallocatechin gallate’…phew, what a mouthful!). ECGC is pretty powerful. 👊 In fact, it’s capable of: ✅ Binding to & activating control regions of certain tumor suppressors ✅ Reducing angiogenesis (as in, when tumors recruit your blood vessels for their own malicious intent.)  But… All green teas are not created equal. Here’s a handy reference chart to see which ones...
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Is a Vegetarian Diet Best for Cancer Prevention?

Published by on September 30, 2020 1 Comment

Is a mostly vegetarian diet really the best for cancer prevention? It’s a question we get asked a lot. And the answer is a bit more nuanced than you might think. First off, you can think of it this way: there are certain foods that feed cancer cells and others that starve them.  Obviously you want to be eating more of the foods that starve cancer…and less of the foods that feed them. Some things that cancer cells love: Sugars Saturated fat Cholesterol Insulin Growth hormones Based on this list, we can start to see why meat can cause a problem… Saturated fat and cholesterol are both common in meat – especially red meat. When you eat meat your body actually produces more insulin. And...
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Should You Get the HPV Vaccine?

Published by on September 23, 2020 | Share your thoughts

You’ve probably heard of the HPV vaccine by now.  But is it really worth getting? Does it matter how old you are? And what if you’ve already had HPV? These are all good questions. Our cancer expert & research scientist, Alex Rolland, made a video to answer them. Find out why the HPV vaccine is so important I’ll give you a hint: no matter what age you are, you should be getting this vaccine! The HVP vaccine prevents many cancers Alex explains why HPV can actually cause many other cancers – not just cervical cancer. At this point, however, the guidelines for the HPV vaccine (including the age factor) are related to cervical cancer only. This is another example of standard healthcare being slow on the...
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