February 23, 2022
Think your chances of getting cancer are out of your hands? Think again! According to an American Cancer Society (ACS) study, 42% of cancer cases and 45% of cancer deaths are linked to preventable risk factors. This means that while you can’t control every aspect of your cancer risk (for example, family history), there is a lot you can do to take control of your health.
The top five lifestyle factors that researchers discovered had an impact on cancer cases and deaths were: cigarette smoking, being overweight, alcohol consumption, UV radiation exposure, and physical inactivity. Let’s take a look at each one individually.
October 22, 2020
Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer with over five million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Fortunately, skin cancer in its many shapes and sizes is also one of the most preventable forms of the disease.
The major risk factor is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation primarily from the sun. The sun-smart strategies below will go a long way in helping prevent the disease.
Arizona Oncology’s Dr. Roberts advocates that you take time to educate yourself about skin cancer and how to recognize and prevent the disease.
July 13, 2020
Even though summer is halfway over, August is Summer Sun Safety Month. This means there is still time to be conscious about practicing sun safety. One major way you can do this is by slathering on some sunscreen and repeat it often anytime you're outside.
Choosing a sunscreen can be a daunting task. With so many combinations of numbers and specializations, it's no wonder a lot of people skip wearing sunscreen altogether. To clear up some confusion, let's talk more about what SPF is as well as its importance when using the right sunscreen for your skin.
February 18, 2020
The internet contains many valuable sources of information about cancer. Unfortunately, it's also used to spread fear through myths and misconceptions that are repeated so often that many people believe they're true. These 12 statements about cancer are often relayed as fact. However, they are really myths.
Myths About Cancer
- A cancer diagnosis means the end of life.
- Cutting out sugar will cure cancer.
- Cancer is caused by artificial sweeteners.
- A biopsy or surgery will cause cancer to spread.
- Cancer cures are being withheld.
- Cancer is a modern disease created by humans.
- Smartphones cause cancer.
- Advances in technology mean we should have cured cancer by now.
- Cancer is contagious.
- Superfoods can stop cancer.
- No family history of cancer means you're not at risk.
- Cosmetics cause cancer.
February 14, 2020
Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, research shows that it is the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, will result in over 53,000 fatalities in 2020, and will appear in almost 150,000 patients over that same time frame.
As with many health issues, knowledge of colorectal cancer means power: the power of early detection, treatment, and in some cases even prevention. You may worry that you or a loved one are at risk for developing colorectal cancer; or you may want to better understand certain aspects of this disease. If so, then the following information will likely prove to be very helpful to you, as it covers several frequently asked questions about this type of cancer.