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.
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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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."
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
July 18 - Daily coffee doesn't affect cancer risk. “We found there was no real relationship between how many cups of coffee a person had a day and if they developed any particular cancers.”
July 15 - An inflammatory diet correlates with colorectal cancer risk
Study participants who followed an inflammatory diet had almost twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer. "An inflammatory diet is usually characterized by the consumption of refined carbohydrates, red and processed meat, and saturated or trans fats. In an antioxidant diet, the consumption of vegetables, legumes, fruits and nuts predominates."
June 4 - Melanoma can occur on skin that doesn't get much sun.
In a recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, authors write "...for some melanomas on peripheral body parts like palms and soles, and on mucosal surfaces, sun exposure is not the primary cause, ...”
April 17 - Moderate red and processed meat eaters show increased risk for Bowel (Colon) Cancer according to UK researchers. The study found that people eating on average around 76g (2.6 oz) of red and processed meat a day, had a 20% higher chance of developing colon cancer than those who only ate on average about 21g (.74 oz) a day.
April 8 - Nutrients from food, not supplements, linked to lower risks of death, cancer.
‘“Our results support the idea that, while supplement use contributes to an increased level of total nutrient intake, there are beneficial associations with nutrients from foods that aren’t seen with supplements…”’
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.”
August 14, 2018 - New research out of UK's Francis Crick Institute shows that I3C, a chemical produced from digesting certain vegetables including broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and bok choy may help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent colon cancer.
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.
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.
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."