Programs offer fertility options for young cancer survivors | Health worker encourages Latinos to get colonoscopy | Cancer survivor discusses trying to be a "good patient"
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January 31, 2013
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Programs offer fertility options for young cancer survivors
More health care professionals and programs are addressing cancer survivorship issues, including fertility options for young cancer patients, such as pre-treatment storage of eggs and embryos for later use. Despite the progress, advocates say increased awareness is needed and that more oncologists should have fertility conversations with patients before treatment begins. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/30)
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Health worker encourages Latinos to get colonoscopy
San Antonio community health worker Armida Flores knows Latinos often do not get needed cancer screenings, so to answer her own health worries she had a colonoscopy, during which her physician removed two polyps. She says she encourages Latinos not to risk their health out of fear because a colonoscopy could be lifesaving. Research has found just 28% of U.S. Latinos have been screened for colorectal cancer, compared with 36% of blacks and 44% of whites. NBC Latino (1/24)
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Survey: 69% of adults track health, most without technology
A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 69% of adults said they track diet, weight, exercise or medical symptoms for themselves or a loved one, with 49% of those saying they do it in their heads, 34% keeping track on paper and 21% using some form of technology. Thirty-four percent of those who track their health said they share their data with others. USA Today (1/30)
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Prevalence of smoking varies across U.S., CDC finds
A CDC report found that Utah had the lowest number of smokers, while Kentucky had the highest. Although states have funds to promote a smoke-free environment, all states failed to spend the total amount of dollars the CDC recommends for anti-smoking programs, the agency said. Twenty-four states were reported to have inadequate smoke-free laws, while six states had no laws that prevent secondhand smoke exposure. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/25)
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Cancer gene mutations may raise odds of early menopause
Women with mutations in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene hit menopause a few years earlier than those without such mutations, according to a study to be published in the journal Cancer. BRCA1/BRCA2 carriers who smoked 20 or more cigarettes daily experienced onset of menopause even sooner, at an average age of 46, researchers said. Nurse.com (1/29)
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Folic acid supplementation doesn't boost cancer risk, analysis finds
An examination of 13 trials involving nearly 50,000 individuals found no significant difference in the incidence of cancer between those who received folic acid supplements for five years and those who took placebos. Folic acid was not associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain types of cancer, either, including cancers of the colon, prostate, lung or breast. The findings were published in The Lancet. Reuters (1/27)
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Life after cancer and moving beyond treatment
Developed by the Cancer Support Community and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Cancer Transitions serves as a way to support and empower survivors as they transition from treatment to life after cancer. The program targets core issues for cancer survivors, including the benefits of exercise, nutrition, emotional support and medical management. Backed by research, this six-week program has been shown to create less worry, better functioning, and more commitment to physical activity in participants. Read more about Cancer Transitions and how it could help your patients.
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The last thing someone with a recent cancer diagnosis wants to think about is worrying about or researching fertility treatment. LIVESTRONG can help those whose treatment could complicate their ability to have a baby by providing assistance in understanding risks and options related to cancer treatment and fertility. To learn more about how LIVESTRONG can help with fertility preservation, visit LIVESTRONG.org/Sarah.
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