Cancer Risk & Detection Resources

 

If you haven’t been faced with a cancer diagnosis, but are interested in ways to reduce your risk for this disease, the resources and research studies on this page can provide information to help you make healthier choices.

 
Learn the risk factors for cancer in this 5 minute video from the National Cancer Institute.

Learn the risk factors for cancer in this 5 minute video from the National Cancer Institute.

Tipping the Odds in Your Favor: The Role of Diet in Cancer Prevention (video 58:45) - Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Institute 
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University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Try these foods to help lower your cancer risk
Can a vegetarian diet lower cancer risk? 

Lower your Risk of Colon Cancer (Episode 11 video 1:56) - Loma Linda University Health
Decrease Risk of Colon Cancer - "Eating legumes (beans) at least three times a week and brown rice at least once a week was linked to a reduced risk of colon polyps by 33 percent and 40 percent respectively, according to Loma Linda University research recently published in Nutrition and Cancer." 

American Academy of Dermatology offers   additional resources to help you detect skin cancer   including a printable version of this Body Mole Map.

American Academy of Dermatology offers additional resources to help you detect skin cancer including a printable version of this Body Mole Map.

How might physical activity be linked to reduced risks of cancer? - National Cancer Institute
What is known about the relationship between physical activity and cancer risk?

What Women Should Know about Breast Density and Cancer Risk - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Obesity and acid reflux linked to the development of esophageal cancer - Univ. of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center

Moles to Melanoma - The National Cancer Institute
This website can help you learn the difference between a cancerous and non-cancerous mole. While regular skin examinations with a professional health care provider are recommended, this website can assist with self exams in between doctor visits. If you spot a mole that is suspicious, see your dermatologist or contact your health care provider to have it checked.


Cancer Risk & Detection Research

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March 31 - Excess Body Weight Before age 50 is Associated With Higher Risk of Dying From Pancreatic Cancer. Researchers examined data from 963,317 U.S. adults with no history of cancer and those with a higher body mass index (BMI) had an increased risk.

March 20, 2019 - Hot tea linked to increased risk of esophageal cancer. Drinking more than 700 milliliters [23 oz.] of tea at higher than 60 degrees Celsius, or 140 degrees Fahrenheit, was linked to a 90 percent increased risk of esophageal cancer, according to a study published Wednesday in International Journal of Cancer. "It is, therefore, advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking," advises American Cancer Society researcher and lead study author, Farhad Islami.

March 19, 2019 - “The use of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), also known as 3-D mammography, may significantly reduce the number of women who undergo breast biopsy for a non-cancerous lesion following an abnormal mammogram, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology.”

Feb. 27, 2019 - Study Ties Whole Grains to Lower Risk of Liver Cancer.

Feb. 15, 2019 - French researchers investigate consumption of ultra-processed food and risk of cancer. "A 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with a greater than 10% increase in the risk of overall cancer.."

Nov. 28, 2018 - A new, large-scale study of more than 5 million mammograms found that annual mammography screening beginning at age 30 may benefit women with at least one of three specific risk factors: dense breasts, a personal history of breast cancer or a family history of breast cancer.

Oct. 23, 2018 - Long-term vigorous exercise may lower risk of advanced and fatal prostate cancers. "The study, which was published this month in European Urology, showed that men who engaged most frequently in vigorous activity over the length of the study had a 30% lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer and 25% lower risk of developing lethal prostate cancer when compared with men who exercised the least.”

Oct. 15, 2018 - Findings published from a study completed in 2015 at Lund University in Sweden reveal that 3D mammography also known as Tomosynthesis detects 34% more breast cancers than traditional mammography does.

Oct. 4, 2018 - Low-dose aspirin may lower ovarian cancer risk. “Women who reported recent, regular use of low-dose aspirin (100 milligrams or less) had a 23% lower risk of developing ovarian cancer when compared with women who did not regularly take aspirin, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.”

July 19, 2018 - High fruit and vegetable consumption may reduce risk of breast cancer, especially aggressive tumors according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

June 15, 2018 - Greater Levels of Vitamin D Associated with Decreasing Risk of Breast Cancer from researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

June 14, 2018 - Higher vitamin D levels may lower colorectal cancer risk. 

May 30, 2018 - American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline - "Among the major guideline changes, the new recommendations say screening should begin at age 45 for people at average risk."

May 24, 2018 - A new report by the World Cancer Research Fund reveals 10-year study showing obesity increases risk for 12 type of cancers

May 23, 2018 - Skin responsible for greater exposure to carcinogens in barbecue smoke than lungs according to a study appearing in Environmental Science & Technology.

Jan. 18, 2018 According to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, inflammatory diet linked with increased colorectal cancer risk.

Jan. 12, 2018 - Univ. of Helsinki researchers report oral health may have an im­port­ant role in can­cer pre­ven­tion.

Photo by  Quiony Navarro on Unsplash   Dec. 20, 2017  -     Drinking coffee may lower risk of early death from colorectal cancer    from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study.

Photo by Quiony Navarro on Unsplash

Dec. 20, 2017 - Drinking coffee may lower risk of early death from colorectal cancer from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study.

Jan. 2, 2018 - “Postmenopausal women who lose weight may have a significantly reduced chance of developing breast cancer…” from findings presented by City of Hope researcher.

Nov. 13, 2017 - People who are physically active appear to have a 73 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma according to UCLA researchers.

Sept 27, 2017 - Zinc supplements can significantly inhibit the proliferation of esophageal cancer cells, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Texas at Arlington researcher.

Aug 4, 2017 - Vanderbilt University Medical Center Researchers find high-fat diet linked to lung cancer risk.

July 12, 2017 - Ohio State Researchers: Eating Tomatoes May Protect Against Skin Cancer.

Photo by  Sophie Dale on Unsplash   June 2, 2016 - "   Eating walnuts may change gut bacteria in a way that suppresses colon cancer   , researchers led by UConn Health report in the journal Cancer Prevention Research."

Photo by Sophie Dale on Unsplash

June 2, 2016 - "Eating walnuts may change gut bacteria in a way that suppresses colon cancer, researchers led by UConn Health report in the journal Cancer Prevention Research."

June 2, 2017 - Univ. of Edinburgh study finds in lab cell testing that a compound in olive oil may help to prevent cancer developing in the brain.

Dec. 8, 2016 - Study links lifestyle factors to formation of high-risk polyps according to new study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers. “Lifestyle factors like cigarette smoking and red meat consumption are known to be associated with an increased risk of colon polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer.”

May 19, 2016 - Healthy lifestyle could prevent half of all cancer deaths. “They found that healthy behaviors could have a large effect on preventing certain cancers—particularly lung cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and kidney cancer.”

May 16, 2016 - Increased physical activity associated with lower risk of 13 types of cancer from researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society.

April 6, 2016 - "Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that higher levels of vitamin D – specifically serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D – are associated with a correspondingly reduced risk of cancer." 

December 31, 2015 - "The high amounts of dietary sugar in the typical Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer and metastasis to the lungs, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center."