Diet, Habits, & Other Behaviors

Can coffee help prevent cancer? Recent research suggests that coffee offers more health benefits than risks for most people. However, women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and women over 65 should probably limit their coffee intake because for them, the risks may outweigh the benefits.
Are Processed Meats More Dangerous than Other Red Meats? Although doctors tell patients to not eat too much red meat or processed foods, research shows processed red meats, like bacon, hot dogs, and salami are the biggest problem.
Third-hand smoke Third-hand smoke is the residue from cigarette smoke that stays on just about every surface exposed to that smoke. The smoke residue clings to hair and fabrics, including clothing, carpets, drapes, and furniture upholstery. Third hand smoke can cause serious health problems.
Are Women Who Work Night Shifts at a Higher Risk for Developing Breast Cancer? Are Women Who Work Night Shifts at a Higher Risk for Developing Breast Cancer?
Stomach cancer and diet: can certain foods increase your risk? There is growing evidence that the foods we eat can increase the chances of developing certain types of cancer. A new report by the World Cancer Research Fund International says that stomach cancer is one of them.
Are e-cigarettes safer than regular cigarettes? Don’t be fooled. E-cigarettes are addictive and contain cancer-causing chemicals.
Prostate cancer: diet and dietary supplements The foods you eat can affect prostate cancer risk.
Can a handful of nuts a day keep cancer away? Evidence is growing about the many ways in which eating nuts, seeds, and legumes can improve your health. These foods have been linked to healthier hearts and a lower risk of diabetes, but now studies show they may also cut your risk of getting cancer! Here’s what we know and don’t know.
Tanning beds: safe alternative to sun? Skin cancer concerns related to artificial tanning
Antioxidants and cancer risk: the good, the bad, and the unknown Vitamins A, C, E, beta carotene and selenium are all considered “antioxidants,” and people take them hoping to prevent disease and improve overall health. You have probably heard that antioxidants fight cancer, but the research suggests that they may not improve your health and in some instances may even be harmful.
Weight and cancer: What you need to know New research shows that the being overweight or obese can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
Pesticides and cancer in children: is there a connection? Pesticides have long been known to cause birth defects and poisoning if ingested. Now research is showing that even small quantities of rodent and insect killing pesticides can be toxic over time to children
The last 50 years of smoking: cigarettes and what we know about them has changed Smoking comes with serious health risks, such as lung cancer and COPD, the 50th anniversary report warns about less widely known risks.
Lung cancer is a women’s health issue Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Learn more about how to prevent, detect, and treat lung cancer.
Smoking cessation products FDA information on products that can help you quit smoking.
Quitting smoking: women and men may do it differently Quitting smoking is hard to do, and new studies suggest that what works for men may not always work for women, and vice versa. Scientists believe that nicotine is more important for men, while other aspects of smoking seem to be more important for women. If you are trying to quit, there’s new research that may help you choose the strategy that is most likely to work for you.
Can girls lower their breast cancer risk by eating peanut butter? Peanut butter, a favorite food of so many kids and overwhelmed parents, may help ward off abnormal breast conditions linked to cancer.
Bacteria: the good, the bad, and the ugly Bacteria are everywhere, including your entire body. The bacteria in our body weighs as much as our brain–3 lbs! Bacteria can be harmful, but some species of bacteria are needed to keep us healthy. The bacteria on our skin, in our airways, and in our digestive system are the first line of defense against foreign “invaders” (pathogens) that can cause infection and other problems.
Barefoot and minimalist running: what you need to know Barefoot and minimalist running are the new crazes in the running world, but can you really run faster, longer, and with fewer injuries by shedding your shoes? Find out the benefits and risks of barefoot running to see if it is really a good option for your workout.
Have colon cancer? Skip the hot dogs, deli, and burgers New research shows that eating red meat and processed meat increases the risk of colon cancer or of dying from colon cancer.
Do lemons prevent cancer? A widely circulating e-mail claiming to be from the Institute of Health Sciences in Baltimore states that lemons are a “proven remedy against cancers of all types” and that lemons are 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. The claims this e-mail makes are not correct. Although lemons have many health benefits, no study has ever been done that would compare the effectiveness of a lemon to chemotherapy.
Flaxseed: what is it and can they keep you healthy? Suddenly, everyone is talking about adding flaxseed to your diet. What is flaxseed and how can eating it make you healthier?
Can taking fish oil supplements help lung cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy? Research shows that taking fish oil supplements can help lung cancer patients respond better to and experience less side effects from chemotherapy.
Pomegranate juice and prostate health Pomegranate juice contains plenty of antioxidants, but does it improve health, as the ads imply?
Red meat: the news is not good Red meat has been found to increase cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease, but now new research is linking it to cancer.
Having trouble sleeping? Sleeping pills might cause cancer. Findings from a 2012 study suggest that people who take hypnotic sleep medications are more likely to get cancer or die than people who do not take these medications.
Ten easy tips to get your family eating healthy Does switching to healthier foods seem like an impossible chore? It doesn’t have to be! Change your habits gradually with these 10 simple tips.
Eating habits that improve health and lower Body Mass Index Keeping track of calories and fat percentages can be confusing, and the nutrition labels on the foods we buy aren’t always that helpful. How are consumers supposed to figure out which diet advice is just hype – that ultimately don’t contribute to better health – and which advice offers good, medically sound information?
Kids talk about healthy eating Find out what kids have to say about eating healthy!
Fast food facts: calories and fat The Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund gives you the skinny on a variety of menu choices offered by some of the most popular fast food chains. Take a look–you may be surprised!
What’s a woman to eat? The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) began in 1992 as a long term national health research effort focused on disease prevention among postmenopausal women. Over 161,000 women have participated in this research, which has provided information that has saved lives of women across the country.
Cancer prevention campaign You can reduce your risk of cancer through small changes in your life, including what you eat! See these links for tips on how to reduce your risk through eating healthy foods and losing weight, and click “Prevention” at the top of this site for all kinds of other ways to prevent cancer. Tips for Healthier Eating Ten Tips to […]
My Plate: a new alternative to the food pyramid The new USDA model, MyPlate, replaces the familiar “food pyramid” diagram that underwent several changes in the 19 years since it was first introduced. The MyPlate model shows the five food groups (fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, and dairy) in a place setting. It is designed to be easier to understand in the context of a single meal than the more confusing pyramid.
How do I get my child to eat healthier foods? Between parents’ work schedules, after school activities, homework, and chores, you may find it impossible to make time for healthy meals that your kids actually want to eat. The challenge is even greater when kids get hooked on the pizza, soda, and chips provided at friends’ houses, activities, and parties. Even the most conscientious parent may find it hard to avoid the temptation of fast food and favorite snacks. But there are solutions!
Do chemicals in our environment cause weight gain? And cancer? Today’s obesity epidemic is also an epidemic of the health problems resulting from excess weight, such as diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer, and early onset of puberty.
Breastfeeding: the finest food for your infant isn’t sold in any store Evidence has been mounting about the health advantages of breastfeeding for both mother and child. From a reduced risk of obesity to an increased resistance to disease, study after study shows that, when possible, breast milk is the ideal food for your newborn child. Is this the right option for you?
Do hair dyes cause cancer? The bottom line for now, pending additional research, is that people who have been using permanent hair dyes since the 1980s appear to be at little to no increased risk of lymphoma or other cancers.
Harmful chemical found in fruit juices Certain fruit juices contain too much antimony (a chemical that may cause cancer or damage the reproductive system).
Lung cancer and hormone therapy: bad news for former and current smokers Hormone therapy is frequently taken by women suffering from symptoms of menopause, but new research shows that hormone therapy can increase a woman’s chance of dying from lung cancer, especially if she is a current or former smoker.