LONDON (AP) -- Experts say about 40 percent of cancers could be prevented if people made some lifestyle changes.
Officials at the International Union Against Cancer recommend that people stop smoking, limit their alcohol consumption, avoid too much sun, and maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise. They also suggest getting vaccines targeting cancer-causing infections, saying 21 percent of all cancers are due to infections.
The World Health Organization says cancer is responsible for one out of every eight deaths worldwide -- more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. It warns that without major changes, global cancer deaths will jump from about 7.6 million this year to 17 million in 20 years. World Cancer Day is tomorrow.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.