Cigarette smoking markedly increases the risk of developing lung cancer. Historically, that risk has been gauged by how much and how long a person smokes, often described in pack-a-day terms over a period of years. However, data from several large population-based studies suggest that a person’s ethnicity and race influence risk. Findings from a recent review suggest that biomarkers of tobacco exposure may be better determinants of risk, reconciling these two disparate views.
Pancreatic cancer is a relatively rare cancer compared to breast, colorectal, prostate and lung cancer, but it is highly aggressive and expected to claim the lives of more than 44,000 Americans in 2018. The lack of reliable screening tests, the indeterminant symptoms and the relative rarity of pancreatic cancer mean that it is often not diagnosed until the disease is at an advanced stage. But even when diagnosed early, it has a poor prognosis – only about 8 percent of people who develop pancreatic cancer survive longer than five years. Findings from a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that diet may play a key role in preventing pancreatic cancer.
Read more… “Folate and Vitamin B6 Intake May Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk”
That insane craving you have for pizza, tacos, and cheeseburgers that comes after a night of drinking alcohol has a name – the “drunchies,” or drunk munchies – and it brings with it a not-so-surprising bonus: weight gain. Over time, that weight gain can lead to obesity and diabetes – two contributors to cancer risk. Findings from a new study suggest that drinking alcohol influences college students’ eating behaviors – and not in a good way.
Read more… “Got the Drunchies? How Heavy Drinking Influences Eating Behaviors”