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Read the Full Article - Your lifestyle is to blame for 70 - 90% of cancers by Catey Hill | December 17th, 2015

Do most people who get cancer simply have bad luck? Or is cancer something they might be able to prevent? A new study suggests the latter.

The study, whose results have just been published in Nature, revealed that it is mostly environmental and external factors like smoking, drinking, diet, getting too much sun and exposure to toxic chemicals that cause cancer, rather than intrinsic factors like random cell mutations.

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Read the Full Article - The Effects of Chronic Heavy Drinking on Brain Function are Underdiagnosed by Melinda Beck | December 21, 2015

 

Here's a sobering thought for the holidays" Chronic heavy drinking can cause insidious damage to the brain, even in people who never seem intoxicated or obviously addicted.

Experts say alcohol-related brain damage is underdiagnosed and often confused with Alzheimer's disease, other forms of dementia or just getting older.

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Dr Koop honored at the Magnolia Ball 2015

2015 Magnolia Ball Raised $1.4 Million to Benefit the NCH Oncology Unit. A magnificent evening of Southern Charm unfolded at the beach estate of Sandra and Alan Gerry where nearly 300 guests experienced the 2015 Magnolia Ball on Saturday, April 11. This signature event started with a cocktail reception overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, followed by dinner and dancing. Chairs Simone and Scott Lugert announced the event raised $1.4 million.

Proceeds from the 2015 Magnolia Ball will make possible special improvements to the William and Susan Dalton Oncology Unit at the NCH Downtown Hospital. Patients undergoing cancer treatment--who often spend 30 to 60 days on the unit--will benefit from a more holistic approach to care promoting a comfortable, calming environment that encourages healing.

Dr. Koop was honored at the Magnolia Ball this year, a donor gave money to NCH in his name , for "excellence".

Read more about the event - https://netcommunity.nchmd.org/page.aspx?pid=395

 

Read the Full Article - No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe by Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS | April 30, 2014

"Responsible drinking" has become a 21st-century mantra for how most people view alcohol consumption. But when it comes to cancer, no amount of alcohol is safe. That is the conclusion of the 2014  World Cancer Report (WCR), issued by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on CAncer (IARC).

Declared a carcinogen by the IARC in 1988, alcohol is casually related to several cancers. "We have known for a long time that alcohol causes esophaegeal cancer, says Jurgen Rehm, PhD, WCR contributor on alcohol consumptio, and Senior Scientist at the Centre of Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, "but the relationship with other tumors, such as breast cancer, has come to our attention only in the past 10-15 years.

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