In mouse study, tomatoes lower skin cancer risk. But you need sunscreen.

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A new study finds that adding tomato powder to the daily diet of mice reduces the development of skin cancer tumors in males. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

While the study offers new clues to tomatoes, diet and skin cancer risk, it’s not suggesting you put aside sunscreen for a tomato.

AICR’s most recent review of the global evidence on skin cancer found no strong evidence that diet links to this cancer. Getting too much sun – those ultraviolet (UV) rays – is the cause of most skin cancers so the way to lower your risk is by protecting yourself from UV damage with sunscreen and limiting your time in the sun. Read more… “In mouse study, tomatoes lower skin cancer risk. But you need sunscreen.”

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    Recommendation for Kids with Obesity, 26+ Hours of Lifestyle Intervention

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    At that regular doctors appointment, it’s important that kids get screened for obesity and if they are diagnosed, an intense healthy lifestyle intervention can help. The new recommendations from The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), published in JAMA, emphasize the importance of weight management throughout life.

    Approximately 17 percent of children and teenagers in the United States are obese, and almost a third are overweight. Kids with too much body fat stand a greater chance of growing into adults with overweight and obesity, and that means higher risk of many diseases, including cancers. Read more… “Recommendation for Kids with Obesity, 26+ Hours of Lifestyle Intervention”

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      How fit is your city, and how that links to cancer prevention

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      Minneapolis-St. Paul now ranks as the fittest city area in America, nudging out Washington, DC, as the top spot, according to the latest annual American Fitness Index (AFI) report. Rounding out the top five fittest metropolitan areas are San Francisco-Oakland , Seattle-Tacoma and San Jose.

      The rankings offer important insights into cancer prevention, with the rankings taking into account many issues related to cancer risk, such as physical activity, healthy eating and lower rates of obesity.

      AICR research shows that physical activity lowers risk of several cancers; staying a healthy weight lowers risk of even more. Scientists estimate that nearly 1/3 of many common cancers in the US could be prevented if everyone were a healthy weight, engaged in physical activity at least 30 minutes every day and ate a healthy plant-based diet. Read more… “How fit is your city, and how that links to cancer prevention”

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