Tackling popular news stories related to cancer prevention and screening, Cancer News in Context tames the hype with a big-picture outlook and important take home messages.

More Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet: Boost in Mood (and Other Positive Changes) for Those with Type 2 Diabetes

A new analysis out this week found that people with type 2 diabetes who eat a largely plant-based diet can experience a boost in quality of life and well being, in addition to improvements in other diabetes-related factors. The analysis, which appears in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, reviewed the results of 11 separate dietary […]

Physical Activity Lowers Cancer Risk – More People Should Probably Know That

A new study has found that a large majority of the public may be unaware that lack of physical activity can increase the risk of cancer. The study, out of Washington University in St. Louis and published Wednesday in the Journal of Health Communication, included a diverse sample of participants who were asked to list […]

Our Top Posts: Winter into Spring 2018

Even in today's frenetic media landscape, health news can still grab the headlines.  It is a real testament to the priority we place on good health and well being - how important they can be not only to ourselves but also to our family, friends, and communities.  In the first part of 2018, we posted pieces on a wide variety of […]

HPV Vaccine Prevents Cervical Pre-Cancer – New Report

By Hank DartAn important new report further confirms that the HPV vaccine is both safe and extremely effective at preventing cervical pre-cancers that could develop into cervical cancer.The report, published Wednesday in the Cochrane Library, reviewed the results of 26 HPV vaccine clinical trials that included over 73,000 girls and women ages 15 - 45 […]

10 Easy Ways to Be More Active on This ‘World Physical Activity Day’

It’s World Physical Activity Day – a great reminder that there really is nothing quite like regular activity when it comes to both individual and population health. Among other benefits, physical activity helps prevent many serious diseases – from stroke to diabetes to cancer – and also improves quality of life and boosts mental mood. […]

Short Take: Calories Matter in Weight Loss, Despite Some Recent Headlines

A recently published clinical trial out of Stanford University found that high-quality low-fat and high-quality low-carbohydrate diets could be equally effective for weight loss.It was a positive finding from a well-designed study.Many news headlines about the study, however, focused on something else entirely: that calories don't matter for weight loss. Some examples:The problem is: The […]

New Diet Study Finds “Ultra-Processed” Foods May Be Linked to Cancer Risk

by Hank DartA new study out of France highlights another possible reason to avoid eating too many highly processed foods:  They may increase the risk of cancer.The paper, published yesterday in the British Medical Journal, followed close to 105,000 adults for an average of 5 years.  Along the way, participants were asked to regularly report their […]