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An Apple a Day, and Other Myths

An Apple a Day, and Other Myths | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"A trip to almost any bookstore or a cruise around the Internet might leave the impression that avoiding cancer is mostly a matter of watching what you eat. One source after another promotes the protective powers of 'superfoods,' rich in antioxidants and other phytochemicals, or advises readers to emulate the diets of Chinese peasants or Paleolithic cave dwellers.


"But there is a yawning divide between this nutritional folklore and science. During the last two decades the connection between the foods we eat and the cellular anarchy called cancer has been unraveling string by string."

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Cancer Survivors Outside Cities Are Less Healthy

Cancer Survivors Outside Cities Are Less Healthy | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Cancer survivors in rural areas don't do as well as those in cities and new research suggests the reason may be unhealthy lifestyles. A survey of 1,642 rural and 6,162 urban cancer survivors showed that the former were more likely to smoke (25% vs 16%), be inactive (51% vs 39%), and be unemployed due to poor health (18% vs 11%). The two groups were the same in terms of drinking behaviors and obesity. The U.S. has 2.8 million rural cancer survivors and the researchers recommend tailoring education on healthy behaviors to them.

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Medical News Today│Jun 10, 2013

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Three Metastasis Myths, Debunked

Three Metastasis Myths, Debunked | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Persistent rumors claim that a needle biopsy – a procedure in which a surgeon removes a small part of a suspected tumor using a needle – can cause cancer to spread. However, there is no evidence that this is the case. On the contrary, biopsies often allow early diagnosis and timely treatment of cancers. Likewise, there is no evidence that massage promotes cancer spread. Indeed, massage therapy for cancer patients can reduce pain, muscle tension, mental stress, and nausea. Cancer spread is driven by biological changes inside the cancer cells, not outside mechanical forces like a biopsy needle or a massage. Finally, sugar does not “feed” cancer. Excess sugar consumption can contribute to obesity, which is associated with increased risk of several cancers, but by itself, sugar does not have any effect on cancer spread.

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ScienceDaily | Oct 25, 2013

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