Harvard Research Says Marriage is Linked to Better Cancer Outcomes

“People who are married when diagnosed with cancer live longer than those who are not,” report researchers at Harvard-affiliated Dana Farber Cancer Institute in September. “Our data suggests that marriage can have a significant health impact for patients with cancer, and this was consistent among every cancer that we reviewed,” said Ayal Aizer, chief resident of the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program and the paper’s first author. They found that in comparison with married patients, unmarried cancer patients, including those who were widowed, were 17% more likely to have metastatic cancer and 53% less likely to receive the appropriate therapy. Researchers conducted the analysis with 700,000+ participants who were diagnosed with cancer. The 4 year study took place from 2004 to 2008 and focused on the top leading causes of cancerous death in the United States: breast, lung, colorectal pancreatic, ovarian, prostate, esophageal, head and neck, pancreatic, liver/bile duct, and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The data was adjusted to account for (Read More)

Part 2: Foods That Prevent Cancer

Continued from Part 1: Foods That Prevent Cancer Turmeric Turmeric is the yellow-colored spice found in curry powder. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, functions as both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, and it may help prevent cancer by interfering with aspects of cellular signaling. In laboratory animals, curcumin has been shown to help prevent cancer of the breast, colon, stomach, liver, and lung. Using curry powder to spice up chicken and egg dishes is an easy way to incorporate it into your diet — and it has the added bonus of adding flavor to your meals, without any calories!     Tea Tea contains compounds called catechins, compounds that scientists theorize may help stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent cellular mutations that contribute to cancer development. In Japan, where tea is the preferred beverage, green tea consumption has been linked to reduced risk of stomach cancer among women. (Read More)

Part 1: Foods That Prevent Cancer

Cancer is a word that evokes fear emotionally and cellular deterioration physically.  Cancer is a grossly unwelcome growth in the body that serves no positive function.The development of cancer in the human body is a long-term event that begins at the cellular level with an abnormality that is typically diagnosed 10 to 20 years later. Research continues at a furious pace to find ways to cure this deadly disease, the greatest killer of Americans after heart disease. What most scientists have concluded is that cancer might well be more easily prevented than cured. We also know that a typical Western diet plays a major role in the development of cancers and that at least 30 percent of all cancers are believed to have a dietary component. To prevent cancer requires a willingness to change our eating habits.  First and foremost, it is important to include a fairly large green salad with lunch and dinner. (Read More)

Cancer Fighting Foods

The war on cancer is still raging. Doctors and researchers have not given up in their efforts to find a cure. Meanwhile, there are some techniques individuals can use, which will help them fight their own battle against cancer. It may seem like an impossible task or perhaps a long shot, but what is there to lose? The most important part to staying healthy is to eat right. Nutrients in cancer fighting foods play a vital part in the reformation of healthy red cells. Without the proper amount of minerals, vitamins, iron and proteins, the human body would cease to exist. The war against cancer is not fought solely in the medicine cabinet, but rather in the kitchen. Knowing which foods to prepare, and what healing properties they contain can improve your quality of life. What Foods Have the Cancer Fighting Nutrients I Need?   Vitamin C is loaded with (Read More)