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Cancer Mortality Rates Decreasing In The US

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Newsweek (3/31, Silva) reported that the National Institutes of Health’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer indicated “death rates for the most common types of cancer dropped for men, women and children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds from 2010-2014.” Investigators found that “the rates of new cancers were lower for men but held steady for women.”
On its website, ABC News (3/31, Mohney) reported, “From 2010 to 2014, overall cancer deaths in men decreased by 1.8 percent per year, 1.4 percent per year for women and 1.6 percent per year for” kids. Researchers found that “in men…improvements included a decrease in lung cancer deaths by 3.5 percent per year, a decrease in prostate cancer deaths by 3.4 percent per year and a decrease in colorectal cancer deaths by 2.5 percent” annually. Meanwhile, in women, researchers found “a decrease in breast cancer deaths by 1.6 percent per year, in lung cancer deaths by 2.0 percent per year and colorectal cancer deaths by 2.8 percent per year.”
The report was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Breast Cancer News

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New breast cancer model developed for Hispanic women

A new model developed by Kaiser Permanente will help doctors assess the risk of breast cancer development in Hispanic women. The model is the first to assess breast cancer risk in Hispanic women. Previous models have been developed to examine breast cancer risk in non-Hispanic white, African-American, Asian and Pacific Islander women but not Hispanic women until now.

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente developed the new model as part of the National Cancer Institute’s online Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. Click here for the full article.

Benefits of Exercising

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Age related loss of muscle mass and function can lead to lifestyle as well as socio-economic and public health challenges. A recent study from Denmark looked compared individuals at least 83 years of age who trained with weights three times weekly to those who did not, and found that weight training led to an improvement in muscle bulk and strength. The take home point here is that you’re never too old to benefit from exercise and a healthier lifestyle.

Antioxidants and Alzheimer’s

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Because Alzheimer’s dementia is a devastating and incurable illness, there has been considerable interest in preventing it. A recent study in JAMA Neurology from the University of Kentucky examined the effects of the popular anti-oxidant supplements selenium and vitamin E on the development of dementia among over 7500 asymptomatic male subjects without any initial signs of dementia, who were followed over the next 11 years. Unfortunately, supplementation did not decrease the development of dementia, nor the overall death rate, cancer, or cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, the data suggested that selenium led to a small increase in type II diabetes, and that vitamin E increased the diagnosis of prostate cancer. The take home point is that these two antioxidants do not appear to reduce the incidence of dementia in healthy elderly men.