A Thank You for Supporting Breast Cancer Research (and Survivor Video)

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All of us at AICR know it can be tough to decide which cancer research organizations to support. The headlines over the last few days may have been unsettling for some — but it’s a reminder that funding cancer research is important, and that public support is central to the collective effort to stop cancer. 

That’s why we want you to know that your donation to AICR funds vital cancer research and the development of tools that help millions of people prevent and survive cancer.

Our research has shown, for example, that 2 in 5 breast cancers could be prevented through healthy everyday choices — that’s 74,000 cases every year, in the US alone. Read more… “A Thank You for Supporting Breast Cancer Research (and Survivor Video)”

Cancer Screening Headlines and Prevention

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Everyone’s talking about that report released last Thursday from the US Centers for Disease Control. The news isn’t good: Not enough Americans are getting screened for cancer, and the numbers are distressingly low among Asian-Americans and Hispanics.

The CDC report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, finds that we are not meeting national targets for cancer screening; experts acknowledge that some patients are confused by conflicting advice over the timing of screening, and that access to care remains a huge issue, but they stress that screening saves lives.

Here at the American Institute for Cancer Research, we agree that early detection is key; this page provides the latest CDC information about screening of breast, colorectal and cervical cancers, as well as information about screening for lung, prostate, ovarian and skin cancer. Read more… “Cancer Screening Headlines and Prevention”

Major New Analysis: Fiber May Prevent Breast Cancer

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Eating a diet high in fiber (which occurs naturally in vegetables, whole grains, beans and fruit) may protect women against breast cancer, according to one of the largest analyses of the literature published today online in the advance issue of Annals of Oncology.

The research was funded by the World Cancer Research Fund as part of AICR/WCRF’s Continuous Update Project (CUP) (pdf), an ongoing review of cancer prevention research.

The study found that for every 10 grams of fiber consumed daily – slightly less than a cup of beans – the risk of breast cancer was 5 percent lower. Consuming  20 grams of fiber daily would mean a 10 percent lower risk, and so on.

You can read the abstract here. Read more… “Major New Analysis: Fiber May Prevent Breast Cancer”