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Cancer -- Information & Resources
Cancer Diet and Nutrition Manual --
(compiled by the HealthCastle Health Team)

8-Action Diet Plan to Preventing Cancer
A long-awaited scientific report on cancer prevention stated plain and simple that the more pounds you're carrying, the greater your risk of developing one or more of 17 cancers. After analyzing 7,000 scientific studies, the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research made 8 diet recommendations in you can use to lower the odds of developing cancer. For further details:

Antioxidants 101 - What and Where?
Written by Gloria Tsang, RD
Antioxidants - What are they and what are their benefits?
Click here for all the antioxidant basics you need:

Does Grilling Meats Increase the Risk of Cancer?
Written by Beth Sumrell Ehrensberger, MPH, RD
Good answers and clarity on this topic plus a Safe Grilling Guide --
Click on following Link:

Cancer Fighting Vegetables
Written by Gloria Tsang, RD
Many types of vegetables can prevent cancer and provide the protection against cancer. Research has identified many active ingredients found in vegetables and their roles in protecting different types of cancer.
Find out what researchers have discovered at:

Health Benefits of Tea
Written by Gloria Tsang, RD
Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water.
But, just how healthy is it? Does one type of tea protect against cancer
better than another? Get the facts at:

Alcohol and Cancer
Is there a link between alcohol and cancer?
Are women more at risk thank men and what limits should be followed?
For these answers and more, click here:

Will eating Farmed Salmon cause Cancer?
Written by Gloria Tsang, RD
Eating fish/salmon and their products are recommended to prevent heart disease. Yet, recent media reported that eating farmed salmon may cause cancer. The article linked below discusses a few major reports and some background information about farmed salmon and PCBs so that you can make a sound decision.

OncoLink is designed to make it easy for the general public to navigate through the pages to obtain the information that they want. You can get comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances. The information is updated everyday. Information provided is at various levels, from introductory to in-depth. If you are interested in learning about cancer, you will benefit from visiting OncoLink.

Cancer .Net
Cancer .Net (formerly People Living With Cancer, PLWC) brings the expertise and resources of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the voice of the world’s cancer physicians, to people living with cancer and those who care for and care about them. ASCO is composed of more than 27,000 oncologists globally who are the leaders in advancing cancer care. All the information and content on Cancer .Net was developed and approved by the cancer doctors who are members of ASCO, making Cancer .Net the most up-to-date and trusted resource for cancer information on the Internet.

American Cancer Society
Knowing the facts about cancer can save lives. What you eat and drink, how you live, where you work . . . all these factors can affect your risk for cancer. Primary cancer prevention means taking the necessary precautions to prevent the occurrence of cancer. Prevention programs are designed to help adults and children make healthy lifestyle choices that continue throughout life. The Society offers programs to help educate the public about cancer risks, early detection methods, and prevention. In addition to cancer prevention, the Society focuses on a variety of early detection programs and encourages regular medical checkups and recommended cancer screenings. Finding cancer in the earliest stage possible gives the patient the greatest chance of survival. For this reason, the Society seeks to provide the public and health care professionals with the latest cancer resources to help them make informed decisions.

ARTICLE: Multivitamin = Better Health?

Trying to incorporate healthier lifestyle changes often brings into question multivitamin use -- Should you take a daily multivitamin? Which of the many choices on the market is right for you? Fact is most Americans fall short of consuming many of the recommended nutrients necessary to maintain optimum health. Taking a basic daily multivitamin is a good preventive action. Convenience foods and fast foods are much to blame. We are busy and too often opt for the quick and easy when it comes to meals.

While Western countries are no longer afflicted with vitamin deficient disease such as scurvy (not enough vitamin C) or rickets (not enough vitamin D), degenerative diseases such as heart disease and osteoporosis are still on the rise. So, what's commonly missing in our diets? Less than 1 in 5 Americans consume enough vitamin E. Only 1 in 4 get enough vitamin K. And, fewer than 1/2 get enough vitamin A or calcium in their diet. It's these types of nutritional inadequacies that may be setting us up for the common degenerative diseases such as heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and others. Simply taking a daily multivitamin is an easy, inexpensive way to bridge these nutritional gaps. It should be noted that a standard multivitamin will not contain enough calcium. A separate calcium supplement is advisable unless you truly include 3 to 4 servings of dairy in your diet every single day.

A basic multivitamin is one that doesn't go beyond 100% of the recommended amount. What about super formulas that go beyond the RDAs? Taking a supplement that goes above and beyond 100% can introduce new health problems. You will be consuming more than the recommended safe upper limit. What about taking more than one supplement formulation? Let's say you start taking high dose multivitamin and also want to take a separate antioxidant formula. You would potentially be getting more than 10,000 IU for vitamin A exceeding it's safe upper limit and this is not even counting the amount of vitamin A naturally consumed in your diet. Studies have shown over supplementing with one antioxidant can cause health risks. Taking a high dose multivitamin with a prostate formula or immune boosting formula could put your consumption of zinc over 50 mg ultimately interfering with copper absorption resulting in a copper deficiency! Bottom line -- extra nutritional supplementation does not = better health!

Summary ---
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet is the best defense against nutritionally related diseases. Including a basic daily multivitamin is recommended. Antioxidants can help prevent diseases when they come from food sources, but not excessive amounts via supplements which can actually have the opposite effect. Remember -- Fresh is best!
Written by: Laura S. Garrett, RD

Cancer Consultants
Information covers the prevention, screening, and management of cancer in both English and Spanish. The content on CancerConsultants has been awarded with the World Wide Web Health Awards’ Gold Award for patient education and information excellence and has been named one of the top 5 oncology Web sites by Oncology Net Guide.

"Daily Cancer News" is the core of Cancer Consultants’ educational content platform.

National Cancer Institute

Eating Hints for Cancer Patients:
Before, During, and After Treatment
Your diet is an important part of your treatment for cancer. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after your treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. For Tips, Hints, Recipes, Info & more, go to:

Caring4Cancer combines a virtual encyclopedia of cancer information with a collection of powerful tools that help patients take an active role in managing their disease. You can interact with other patients and experts through our message boards. Hundreds of oncology practices are now prescribing Caring4Cancer’s educational and interactive tools to their patients, just as they prescribe medication or therapy.

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