There are steps you can take, RIGHT NOW,
to lower your risk of getting cancer.

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Preventing Cancer

Strategies To Reduce Your Risk

Written by John Edward Swartzberg, M.D., F.A.C.P.,
and Jeffrey L. Wolf, M.D.

Let the experts at the University of California
show you the way in this important report.

True or False?

  • We’re in the midst of a cancer epidemic.
  • The risk of dying of cancer is greater than ever.
  • Pollution increases the risk of cancer more than smoking.
  • Cancer is inevitable; there’s not much you can do to lower your risk.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. And wrong again. Many of us have mistaken ideas about cancer. We worry about unproven or disproved theories while ignoring or minimizing the major known risk factors.

Here’s what we do know:

Experts estimate that 65 percent of all cancers, or about one million of the cancers diagnosed in the U.S. in 2010, might not have occurred if all Americans had quit (or never started) smoking … improved their diet … and got more exercise.

Of course, reducing your risk of getting cancer is not simple: We often hear conflicting advice about what we should, or should not, do to decrease our risk. That’s part of what makes cancer so scary. Moreover, there are plenty of people who seem to do everything “right” but are still diagnosed with cancer.

No wonder, so many of us feel anxious and confused about cancer.

To help dispel the myths and misconceptions about cancer, John Edward Swartzberg, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Jeffrey L. Wolf, M.D. share their wisdom and hands-on experience with cancer patients in a new Special Report, Preventing Cancer: Strategies to Reduce Your Risk.

Drs. Swartzberg and Wolf are ideally positioned to separate fact from fiction in cancer prevention.

  • You may already know Dr. Swartzberg from the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, where he is Chair of the Editorial Board and writes a regular column. Dr. Swartzberg is also Clinical Professor of Medicine in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • An expert in cancer of the bone marrow and blood, Dr. Wolf is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and directs the Myeloma Institute at UCSF.

Together, they have written a comprehensive primer on cancer prevention that belongs in the home library of everyone concerned with health and wellness.

Preventing Cancer puts the risks into perspective. It details lifestyle changes you can start today to help you reduce your risk of cancer in the future. It also tells you what you need to know about the screening tests that can help prevent cancer or increase the likelihood a tumor will be detected early, when it is most treatable.

This information is so crucial to your well being that Preventing Cancer is available instantly in a digital PDF download. Simply click the order button below, and in a few moments you can begin reading!

Your Mindset Matters: 12 Keys to Preventing Cancer

Misconceptions about cancer can hurt you. People who think that cancer is inevitable … or believe there is nothing they can do to prevent it … or have other misunderstandings about cancer may actually be at higher risk of getting cancer because they are less likely to take the steps that really matter.

That’s where Preventing Cancer can help! The report details 12 essential lifestyle recommendations to help you reduce your risk of cancer—providing data, research and bottom-line advice on each.

In Preventing Cancer you’ll learn:

  • How exercise lowers cellular growth factors and enhances the immune system
  • How a high-fat diet increases cancer risk
  • The surprising truth about beta carotene, folic acid and cancer
  • The role of vitamin D in cancer prevention
  • Why it makes sense to limit your intake of meat, fish and poultry cooked on the grill
  • How to minimize radiation exposure from CT scans, dental X-rays and other medical imaging tests
  • Five questions you should ask your doctor before undergoing a diagnostic test
  • Advice on reducing radon in your home
  • How to reduce your exposure to carcinogens at work
  • Why the air you breathe at home is probably more of a risk than the air outside – and what you can do about it

Emerging Issues: How Worried Should You Be?

Do cell phones cause cancer? What about deodorants? There’s so much conflicting health information in the media—findings that are described as “groundbreaking” but are very confusing to many of us. In Preventing Cancer we reveal the truth about a number of recent “hot” cancer topics and answer questions, such as:

  • Is Bisphenol-A (BPA) in hard plastics toxic? How can you limit your exposure to BPA?
  • What’s the connection between parabens (chemical preservatives used to keep bacteria from growing in cosmetics and other products, such as moisturizers, shampoo and shaving cream) and cancer?
  • Will eating organically grown fruits and vegetables reduce your risk of cancer? It’s not as straightforward as you might think.
  • Do lawn pesticides cause cancer in humans?
  • Dioxins leaching from disposable plastic water bottles can cause cancer. True or false?
  • Does stress or a negative attitude increase the risk of cancer?
  • The latest research on artificial sweeteners and cancer
  • Is it safe to use a plastic container in the microwave, or is a glass or ceramic container safer?
  • Women who wear tight-fitting bras are more likely to get breast cancer than women who don’t wear bras at all. True or false?
  • Does fluoride in water cause cancer in humans?

There’s more to Preventing Cancer. Much more. We explore prevention strategies and screening tests for seven individual cancers: breast, cervical, colorectal, liver, lung, prostate and skin cancer.

In addition, Preventing Cancer features answers to many commonly asked questions about cancer risk, including:

  • Since hormone therapy can increase the risk of breast cancer, what are some alternatives for treating hot flashes and night sweats?
  • Every time I go to the dentist I’m told I need X-rays. Should I worry about this radiation?
  • My husband refuses to have a colonoscopy. What can I do to change his mind?
  • A friend told me to have a thermograph instead of a mammogram. Should I?
  • If I have dark skin do I still need to worry about skin cancer?
  • Do airport scanners increase the risk of cancer?
  • Will taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug increase or decrease my risk of getting cancer?
  • Is there a Pap test for breast cancer?
  • Will taking selenium supplements reduce my risk of developing prostate cancer?
  • Does cow’s milk cause cancer … or protect against it? I’ve heard both these claims.
  • Should I worry about nitrites in foods?
  • Does acrylamide in foods like French fries and chips cause cancer?
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