Why We Need Tailored Tobacco-Control Strategies

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Cigarette smoking is linked to 18 different types of cancer. It is the leading preventable cause of cancer in the United States, accounting for 19 percent of the 1,570,978 cancers diagnosed in U.S. adults ages 30 and older in 2014, according to the latest research. Another 0.4 percent of the cancer diagnoses in the U.S. that year were attributable to exposure to secondhand smoke.

That’s why April, which is National Cancer Control Month, is a good time to raise awareness of the dangers of cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. And it’s especially important to highlight the need for new efforts to reduce cigarette smoking, particularly among the segments of the U.S. population that have elevated smoking rates.

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    6 Breakfast Toasts to Kickstart Your Day

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    Sweet, savory, and full of nutrients, these hearty toasts make for a perfect crowd-pleasing brunch or a regular weekday breakfast on-the-go.

    Avocado toast has been one of the biggest food trends of the last decade – it is simple, delicious, healthy, and satisfying. But just because adding mashed avocado to your bread is the most popular variation of traditional toast, don’t overlook the many other (maybe even better) ways to elevate your breakfast.

    This weekend I cooked up 6 of my favorite breakfast toasts, all featuring a hearty dose of cancer-protective ingredients and bold flavor combinations. All of these toasts pack a hearty dose of fiber and protein, and many also include heart-healthy fats. This combination of nutrients makes these toasts satisfying and balanced, as opposed to traditional white bread with butter that leaves you hungry soon after.
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      Being positive: Is it a benefit or a burden?

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      Being diagnosed with cancer is a traumatic event. Indeed, some estimates say that 1 in 4 women diagnosed with breast cancer suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a direct result of their diagnosis. The number may be even higher for diagnoses with other types of cancer. Despite the acknowledged trauma of a diagnosis, most if not all cancer survivor will have been told, at some point or other, to “stay positive”! Such advice is certainly well-intentioned. There is a strong and enduring belief that maintaining a positive outlook actually improves patient outcomes. However, the scientific evidence is now very clear; attitude and personality traits do not significantly impact recurrence or survival rates.

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