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Health Buzz: Breast Cancer Awareness
Health news from around the web for October 13, 2011.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we're dedicating an episode of Health Buzz to this important women's health issue. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer affecting women in the United States, second only to skin cancer. However, early detection is a woman's most important tool in fighting this disease. Our host Jamie Yuenger share some great resources for individuals and families affected by breast cancer.
This inspiring series is about breast cancer survivors, who discuss the experience of being diagnosed, treatment and recovery. To help spread awareness and support other women affected by this serious health issue, these women contribute advice about everything from small day-to-day tips to larger life lessons. There's also a place for viewers to share their own stories, and a forum to ask questions.
Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation
About two years ago, a group called The United States Preventive Services Task Force created new recommendations regarding mammograms. The task force suggested that women wait until the age of 50 to begin getting regular mammograms, an older age than was previously common. This story from Everyday Health looks at why this choice was made. Remember, self exams are the easiest means of early detection, even if they are hard to remember.
This month, you're sure to have noticed lots of pink ribbons popping up on all kinds of products. Here at DietsInReview, we've picked out our favorite fitness gear that also supports breast cancer awareness. You'll not only be helping yourself get healthy by using these products, but you'll also be helping others.
It has long been thought that breast cancer patients should avoid lifting heavy objects, because it was believed that bearing weight would exacerbate a painful arm-swelling condition called lymphedema. However, research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that a carefully structured weight training program can actually do just the opposite. Women who participated in the weight lifting program were found to have a 35 percent lower risk of swelling.
There may be no magical food that can prevent cancer, but people who eat a diet high in antioxidants do seem to be less prone to many different types of diseases. Garlic in particular has been shown to have anti-cancer properties, so we've picked a recipe that features garlic along with broccoli and chicken. It's a quick pasta recipe that comes to only 400 calories per serving.
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