Strive for Good Health and Cancer Prevention while Getting Kids Back to School

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This time of the year is busy with planning, shopping and returning to extracurricular activities and the excitement of a new school year. Before settling into the school year routine, develop a plan to move more and eat more healthily to meet AICR’s Cancer Prevention Recommendation. Talk with your family about ideas that would work for all, and then set your family plan into action. Here are some suggestions from AICR.

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Using Exercise to Combat Cancer-Related Fatigue

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June is cancer survivor’s month – an opportune time to talk about new strategies to address a major side effect of many cancer therapies – fatigue. Side effects from cancer can be debilitating but there are strategies to help improve and reduce discomforts. I had the privilege of attending the 2019 AICR Research Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in May. As a certified specialist in oncology nutrition, I appreciate that this conference provides updates on the most current research on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention and survivorship. Learning about new research findings allows me to take this enriched knowledge back to the people in the clinic who are seeking information to help them through cancer treatment.

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. AICR is raising awareness and providing the latest research on oral cancer prevention and sharing tips on managing nutrition during treatment. Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth (lips, tongue and cheeks), pharynx and larynx.

Tobacco use and alcohol are the most important risk factors for this cancer. AICR’s CUP report on cancers of the mouth, pharynx and larynx found strong evidence that drinking alcohol and having excess body fat increase risk. Evidence suggests that nutrition can play a crucial role in preventing oral cancer. Having an overall healthy diet and including plenty of vegetables may be helpful in decreasing the risk of cancer.

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