AICR Opposes Alarming Cuts to Funding, Prevention Programs in Federal Budget

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The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) strongly opposes the cuts to research and other programs that are working to help millions of Americans prevent and survive cancer. President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget, released to the public this week, slashes numerous programs that will affect Americans both diagnosed with cancer and survivors with long-term side effects or still on treatment.

Among the alarming cuts to funding are:

– The National Institutes of Health would be slashed by almost 6 billion dollars. The NIH is the world’s leading biomedical research facility and supports scientists from institutions across the country. Studies conducted by these scientists are part of AICR’s global analysis of the research on cancer prevention. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the Read more… “AICR Opposes Alarming Cuts to Funding, Prevention Programs in Federal Budget”

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    5 Ways to Make Cancer Prevention Easy for You and Your Family

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    We all know family members or friends that have been touched by cancer. But even though we know that cancer can affect as many as one in every two Americans at some point in their lives, it’s easy to forget to take action now to prevent cancer tomorrow! Even now with new research showing that overweight girls are at increased risk of colorectal cancer decades later with busy schedules, prevention can seem like too much of a bother.Child Preparing Pizza

    But fighting cancer is most effective when it is started early and for our kids, that means now!

    Making changes in your diet to include more cancer preventative foods doesn’t have to mean hours of cooking everything from scratch! Some simple and inexpensive shortcuts can mean delicious, healthy meals with almost nothing more required than just a quick assembly. Below are some ideas to get you started:

    1. Microwave a cup of frozen corn, covered by a damp paper towel, for 2 minutes in a medium bowl. Add well-rinsed, canned black beans, and heat for an additional 1-2 minutes. Top with fresh salsa and presto – an instant delicious side for chicken, tofu, lean beef or scrambled eggs! Read more… “5 Ways to Make Cancer Prevention Easy for You and Your Family”

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      Does a Cancer-Protective Diet Cost More?

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      Last week, a lot of headlines featured news about an analysis that found eating the healthiest of diets costs more per day – about $1.50 more – than the least healthy diet.

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      The analysis of research was published in BMJ Open and it’s important information for cancer prevention. Eating a diet with plenty of fiber, fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods plays a role in cancer risk and weight. A healthy diet and a healthy weight could prevent approximately 120,000 US cancers each year.

      Doing the math, eating the healthiest diets on average cost about $550 more a year than the least healthy. That’s a barrier for many, as the authors point out.

      But cancer – along with the other chronic diseases related to an unhealthy diet – has an expensive toll. Globally, cancer costs more than any other disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.

      Read more… “Does a Cancer-Protective Diet Cost More?”

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