It’s not often national cancer statistics offer up good news, but a just-released annual report on US cancer incidence and mortality points to some encouraging trends.
According to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2009 (a joint product of The American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR)) the nation’s overall cancer death rates continue to decline.
Notably, the mortality rate for all four of the most common (non-skin) cancers in the US — lung, colorectal, breast and prostate — are decreasing. Continue reading
As part of your Hannukah celebration next week, why not make our version of potato pancakes: delicious, healthy Sweet Potato and Pear Latkes.
Your family will get nutrition benefits from these low-calorie treats, sweetened naturally with pears, which add cancer-fighting fiber to that of the whole-wheat breadcrumbs, onions and sweet potatoes to total 5 grams in each serving. Garnishing your latkes with unsweetened applesauce, dried cranberries and sour cream keeps them low-calorie and light.
Beta-carotene — a powerful antioxidant phytochemical that protects against cancer — is usually found in orange vegetables, but is present in green broccoli, too. It makes sweet potatoes a more nutritious choice than white potatoes.
This recipe uses 4 egg whites instead of whole eggs in the latkes, as well as monounsaturated canola oil cooking spray so the saturated fat is kept to zero.
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More a stew than a soup, our Health-e-Recipe for Persian-Style Borscht uses ruby red beets and pomegranate juice with red cabbage, chard, onions and a modest amount of lean beef. This nourishing meal will keep you going on chilly days.
A fine weekend activity, cooking up this sweet-tart borscht will perfume your home with heavenly fragrances from onions and garlic, followed by sweet pomegranate juice (the Persian influence here) and vegetables. When you peel the beets, you can avoid staining your hands red by slipping them into plastic sandwich bags and peeling the beets in the sink.
Cancer-preventive red cabbage, a cruciferous relative of broccoli, and equally healthful Swiss chard are never better than after the first frost of the season. They’ll add texture and fiber to this stew, which is flavored with a bit of red meat, but not too much.
AICR recommends eating less than 18 ounces of lean red meat per week; more than that amount raises risk of colorectal cancer, according to AICR’s expert report and Continuous Update Project findings.
This dish is an excellent crowd-pleaser. You can also put individual servings into containers or resealable plastic bags and store them in the freezer to enjoy for the week to come.
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