Without more stringent guidelines, how would you define ‘a lot’? For medical researchers, that definition could shift just how much of the US population is at an elevated risk of cancer due to alcohol consumption.

Medical professionals have known about the strong link between alcohol use and cancer risk. What a recent study uncovered, however, might unlock more information about the close relationship the drug has with the disease. According to a recently published study, heavy alcohol consumption contributed to 700,000 new cases of cancer in 2020 alone. …

Last year, we stopped screening for cancer.

In the spring of 2020, hospitals and healthcare providers across the country shifted their attention from the mundane, routine, but still critically important day-to-day elements of modern healthcare. As the pandemic went from a bubble to a boil, eventually bringing the world to a stop, care changed.

The Pandemic Pause on Cancer Screening

Few people could have possibly predicted just how long vital medical services like cancer screenings would be interrupted, but they could calculate the impact such delays could have on cancer rates and treatment outcomes. If you’ve followed this blog at all, you’ve noticed it’s a topic…

women holds test tube

In record time, scientists developed, tested, manufactured, and distributed millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.

So why can’t we do the same thing with cancer?

These are different diseases with different impacts on the body. Still, there’s a growing sense of frustration that actually preventing and ultimately curing cancer isn’t being met with the same vigor and investment as the pandemic. As deadly and dangerous as COVID-19 is, cancer seems to have touched nearly every American. We’ve dealt with it for decades; why can’t modern medicine do anything about it?

At least that’s the new sentiment according to a

Two men in blue sweatshirts bend over picking strawberries.

When you think about lifestyles that increase the risk of skin cancer, what do you see? Surfers? Runners? The mailman?

Those roles certainly offer plenty of exposure to the sun, but a recent article highlights how farmers and those in the agricultural industry have an outsized risk of melanoma and other skin-related types of cancer.

Farmers and anyone who performs the majority of their work outdoors can be exposed to two or three times more UV radiation than a person working the same amount of time inside. …

Tomorrow, I’m doing the Trek 100 for the MACC Fund.

Okay, full disclosure, I’m not doing 100 miles or even 100 kilometers. Tomorrow, I’ll meet up with a few friends to squeeze in a couple of hours in the woods. For years, a two or two and a half-hour ride on a Saturday would be relatively run-of-the-mill. Not so long ago, even 100 miles on a Saturday would only be a slightly bigger weekend ride than normal.

Priorities change. Now, I’m usually itching to get home at the two-hour mark so that I can see my nine-month-old daughter and play…

The FDA has been largely toothless on PFAS for decades. As the prevalence of PFAS in food, packaging, cosmetics, drinking water, as well as the bloodstreams of nearly every American, they’ve raises ‘concern’ about PFAS in foods.

Concern won’t protect us.

On August 5, the US Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to food manufacturers and processors to reiterate the acceptable about of PFAS that can be in food products. The letter points out the acceptable uses for PFAS in food packaging as well as the approved process for implementation.

First, we should be phasing out the use of…

“We’re number one.” In America, it’s anathema to admit we’ve gotten anything wrong over the past two centuries. However, a recent study makes it clear that we lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to taking care of each other.

In the first week of August, the Commonwealth Fund released a study on the quality, cost, and effectiveness of health care in eleven of the wealthiest countries in the world. The report offers valuable insight into how different healthcare systems support citizens in countries like Great Britain, the United States, Germany, Australia, and a slew of others…

With new treatment options, some women may have some additional hope in their fight against breast cancer.

Researches have focused on defects in genes that appear to contribute to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2, two genes that have long been linked to breast cancer, appear to have an outsized impact on the mutation of breast cancer in women.

Breast Cancer Risk

Both genes have been associate with either an inherited mutation or an increased chance of mutation. Now, researchers have confirmed that these genes play in role in both scenarios. Women with BRCA1 present see…

Less Cancer Annual Cancer Study

Finally, some good news.

We’ve all been beaten down mentally with the news. A pandemic, an election, and the ongoing circus that is American politics are more than enough to make even the most caring and engaged people feel like unplugging. In our cancer sphere, however, the annual cancer report offers up something positive to keep us fighting.

Cancer mortality rates have been declining for some time, but the 2021 report that was released last week offers some encouraging news on specific cancer types that have been a challenge for our country for decades.

Cancer Moratlity Rates Are Declining Across All Ages and Ethnicities

That’s huge. The pandemic put the…

1%. What if your diet could reduce your cancer risk by just 1%? How about 5%? Or 10%?

We’re constantly told what to eat and what not to eat. Those recommendations tend to change or fluctuate. The veritable whiplash of conflicting guidelines tends to push and pull similar trends in fad dieting. Remember Atkins? The South Beach Diet?

No diet is perfect for everyone, and today’s busy, on-the-go lifestyle makes it harder to invest the time to cook healthful, nutritious foods. Part of that is how we spend our time. In 2020, the average Netflix subscriber watched 3.2 hours of…

Cody Sovis

Low-level marketing guy with a cycling habit. Advocate for cancer prevention, active lifestyles, equality, and breakfast cookies.

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