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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    Cancer-Fighting Flatbread

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    This roasted garlic and rosemary flatbread is savory, fluffy, and nutritious – and naturally gluten-free, with only a few ingredients. The recipe uses a couple of less common types of flour – including sorghum and chickpea, which boost the health-benefits and flavor of the dish. This dish is also made almost entirely of cancer-protective foods: legumes (chickpea flour), whole grains (sorghum flour), flaxseed, and garlic.

    I got the inspiration for this recipe from a popular pancake or crepe-like flatbread made by street vendors in the south of France called socca. Socca is traditionally made with 100% chickpea flour, which is mixed with water and olive oil and cooked in a pan in an open oven. It’s served cut into triangles and often eaten as an appetizer, sprinkled with salt and pepper.

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      Reducing Cancer Risk Through Prevention Efforts

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      February is Cancer Prevention Month. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is proud to support the American Institute for Cancer Research’s Cancer Prevention: Together We Can campaign, an initiative dedicated to promoting evidence-based information to reduce cancer risk.

      Experts estimate that nearly half of U.S. cancer cases could be prevented if more people maintained healthy body weight, avoided tobacco products, stayed out of the sun, and took advantage of cancer screening tests and other preventive efforts.

      Our blog, Cancer Research Catalyst, routinely covers developments in prevention research. Here’s a look at a few recent posts that delved into ways to combat cancer through obesity prevention, tobacco control, and vaccines. Check back frequently, or subscribe to the blog, for more news on cancer prevention. Read more… “Reducing Cancer Risk Through Prevention Efforts”

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