Your Paleo Diet May Have a Fatal Side Effect

Bacon-lovers are not going to like this news. World Health Organization (WHO) experts have found that consumption of processed meats can lead to cancer. The International Agency For Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, has put processed meats like hot dogs and ham in the group 1 list of carcinogens, which includes tobacco, asbestos, and diesel fumes.

The WHO made this decision after convening 22 health experts from around the world, who reviewed 800 studies on meat consumption and cancer. In addition to finding “sufficient evidence” that processed meats cause cancer, the organization classified red meat including beef, lamb, and pork as “probable” carcinogens, putting these meats in the group 2A list, which includes glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers. Yes, weedkillers! The IARC found links mainly with bowel (colorectal) cancer, but meat consumption was also associated with pancreatic and prostate cancers.

Related: Reasons Not to Eat So Much Red Meat

The IARC cited an estimate that 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide are attributed to diets high in processed meat. That’s in contrast to about one million cancer deaths per year due to tobacco smoking, 600,000 a year due to alcohol consumption, and more than 200,000 each year due to air pollution. The WHO said that how much processed meat you consume affects your risk. So how much meat is too much? The experts estimated that eating a daily portion of 50 grams ¡ª the equivalent of just two strips of bacon ¡ª would increase risk by 18 percent. One hamburger patty is 82 grams.

Meat consumption is by far not the only risk factor when it comes to cancer ¡ª smoking, alcohol consumption, body weight, exercise, and genes also play a role. The North American Meat Institute has argued that categorizing meat on the same carcinogenic level as tobacco “defies common sense.” But if eating less processed and red meats can help, then pass the beans and tofu!

Related: Fatty Fish and Other Foods That Help Prevent Breast Cancer

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Your Paleo Diet May Have a Fatal Side Effect

Bacon-lovers are not going to like this news. World Health Organization (WHO) experts have found that consumption of processed meats can lead to cancer. The International Agency For Research on Cancer (IARC)| part of the WHO| has put processed meats like hot dogs and ham in the group 1 list of carcinogens| which includes tobacco| asbestos| and diesel fumes.

The WHO made this decision after convening 22 health experts from around the world| who reviewed 800 studies on meat consumption and cancer. In addition to finding “sufficient evidence” that processed meats cause cancer| the organization classified red meat including beef| lamb| and pork as “probable” carcinogens| putting these meats in the group 2A list| which includes glyphosate| the active ingredient in many weedkillers. Yes| weedkillers! The IARC found links mainly with bowel (colorectal) cancer| but meat consumption was also associated with pancreatic and prostate cancers.

Related: Reasons Not to Eat So Much Red Meat

The IARC cited an estimate that 34|000 cancer deaths per year worldwide are attributed to diets high in processed meat. That’s in contrast to about one million cancer deaths per year due to tobacco smoking| 600|000 a year due to alcohol consumption| and more than 200|000 each year due to air pollution. The WHO said that how much processed meat you consume affects your risk. So how much meat is too much? The experts estimated that eating a daily portion of 50 grams ¡ª the equivalent of just two strips of bacon ¡ª would increase risk by 18 percent. One hamburger patty is 82 grams.

Meat consumption is by far not the only risk factor when it comes to cancer ¡ª smoking| alcohol consumption| body weight| exercise| and genes also play a role. The North American Meat Institute has argued that categorizing meat on the same carcinogenic level as tobacco “defies common sense.” But if eating less processed and red meats can help| then pass the beans and tofu!

Related: Fatty Fish and Other Foods That Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

This Must-Read News Will Drastically Affect Breast Cancer Screenings

If you’re a woman (or somebody who loves a woman), then listen up: this news is for you. The American Cancer Society, which has long been the authority on preventive screening protocols, has officially changed its guidelines regarding mammograms. In a move quite contrary to the ACS’s former recommendations ¡ª which urged women to begin annual testing at age 40 ¡ª the institution now says that women with no predisposition for breast cancer begin exams later and less frequently. According to the new recommendations, 45-year-old women at an average risk for breast cancer should start annual mammograms until age 54, when they can reduce testing frequency to every other year.

Another big change to the ACS guidelines regards clinical breast examinations, which your doctor usually performs during your gynecological exam: instead of the previously recommended annual exams, the society now says that women of average risk no longer need the tests at all. However, the American Cancer Society emphasizes that these new guidelines are “recommendations,” allowing women to choose whichever route of breast cancer screening they feel most comfortable with. So to make an informed decision about your health, be sure to read the ACS’s full statement for all the details, and always stay educated about ways that you can reduce your risk for breast cancer.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Ericka McConnell

This Must-Read News Will Drastically Affect Breast Cancer Screenings

If you’re a woman (or somebody who loves a woman)| then listen up: this news is for you. The American Cancer Society| which has long been the authority on preventive screening protocols| has officially changed its guidelines regarding mammograms. In a move quite contrary to the ACS’s former recommendations ¡ª which urged women to begin annual testing at age 40 ¡ª the institution now says that women with no predisposition for breast cancer begin exams later and less frequently. According to the new recommendations| 45-year-old women at an average risk for breast cancer should start annual mammograms until age 54| when they can reduce testing frequency to every other year.

Another big change to the ACS guidelines regards clinical breast examinations| which your doctor usually performs during your gynecological exam: instead of the previously recommended annual exams| the society now says that women of average risk no longer need the tests at all. However| the American Cancer Society emphasizes that these new guidelines are “recommendations|” allowing women to choose whichever route of breast cancer screening they feel most comfortable with. So to make an informed decision about your health| be sure to read the ACS’s full statement for all the details| and always stay educated about ways that you can reduce your risk for breast cancer.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Ericka McConnell

How a NutriBullet and a Random Act of Kindness Helped a Cancer-Stricken Woman

An Irish woman who was hoping to buy a secondhand juicer for her sick mom just got the surprise of a lifetime thanks to an incredibly kind stranger. Cara Duggan, whose mother was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer in 2014, wanted to buy a NutriBullet because it would be the best way to get her mom the nutrition she needs. She couldn’t afford one at full price, so she took to Gumtree and found someone selling a used one. Cara kindly reached out to the stranger about using PayPal to buy the juicer and wanted to know if it could be mailed to her. She never expected what happened next.

Oh my goodness…for anyone doubting that there is good left in the world… Today I emailed a stranger on gumtree…

Posted by Cara Grace Duggan onWednesday, August 5, 2015

The seller immediately let the woman know that she had a brand-new NutriBullet on the way ¡ª free of charge.

BuzzFeed News spoke with Cara, and she elaborated on the reason for the purchase. “A while after her last chemo session Mum’s legs started swelling which turned out to be blood clots, but as they were undiagnosed they had travelled to her lungs. Apparently, this is a really common side effect of chemo. These blood clots have left her with no energy and she’s been really struggling with nausea, so we decided to get her a juicer.”

Rest assured, the juicer really was waiting for Cara when she went to pick it up. We love anything that celebrates healthy, happy living, and while we might not all be able to make the same generous donation, we can all be kind.

Image Source: Facebook user Cara Grace Duggan

How a NutriBullet and a Random Act of Kindness Helped a Cancer-Stricken Woman

An Irish woman who was hoping to buy a secondhand juicer for her sick mom just got the surprise of a lifetime thanks to an incredibly kind stranger. Cara Duggan| whose mother was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer in 2014| wanted to buy a NutriBullet because it would be the best way to get her mom the nutrition she needs. She couldn’t afford one at full price| so she took to Gumtree and found someone selling a used one. Cara kindly reached out to the stranger about using PayPal to buy the juicer and wanted to know if it could be mailed to her. She never expected what happened next.

Oh my goodness…for anyone doubting that there is good left in the world… Today I emailed a stranger on gumtree…

Posted by Cara Grace Duggan onWednesday| August 5| 2015

The seller immediately let the woman know that she had a brand-new NutriBullet on the way ¡ª free of charge.

BuzzFeed News spoke with Cara| and she elaborated on the reason for the purchase. “A while after her last chemo session Mum’s legs started swelling which turned out to be blood clots| but as they were undiagnosed they had travelled to her lungs. Apparently| this is a really common side effect of chemo. These blood clots have left her with no energy and she’s been really struggling with nausea| so we decided to get her a juicer.”

Rest assured| the juicer really was waiting for Cara when she went to pick it up. We love anything that celebrates healthy| happy living| and while we might not all be able to make the same generous donation| we can all be kind.

Image Source: Facebook user Cara Grace Duggan

11 Greeting Cards People With Cancer Will Actually Appreciate

11 Greeting Cards People With Cancer Will Actually Appreciate

When a loved one is suffering a serious illness| it’s hard to know just what to say. And when the supermarket greeting card aisle falls short u2014 there’s little between “get well soon!”” and “”my deepest sympathies”” u2014 many well-meaning people might err on not reaching out at all.

Illustrator Emily McDowell’s own cancer struggle u2013 she was 24 years old when diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma u2013 inspired her to create a line of empathy cards that she wishes she’d gotten . . . cards that “”help people talk about hard things”” with beauty and even a little laugh-out-loud humor| all without being too dramatic| too flippant| too saccharin| or too somber.

“”Being sick can be really lonely| and I thought we needed some better| more authentic ways to communicate about illness and suffering|”” she told us. “”‘Get well soon’ cards don’t make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they’re already dead. A ‘f*ck cancer’ card is a nice sentiment| but it didn’t really make me feel better when I was sick. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job| which is what most ‘cancer cards’ talk about.””

Instead| for her just-released 11-card series| she thought about “”what I wished more people would have said| and what I wished fewer people would have said . . . I hope these cards will help their recipients feel loved| heard| and understood.””

Of course| it’s something you hope you never need to buy| but if you do| the sentiment doesn’t get much better than this.

Why Men ‘Let It Grow’ For #Movember

Have you noticed more mustaches sprouting up this month? In honor of Movember, men are ditching their razors and growing mustaches during November to bring awareness to men’s health, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. They shave clean on Nov. 1 then grow and groom their new mo’ (slang for mustache) for the entire month, asking friends and family to donate for their efforts. Like walking billboards, when people ask about their ‘stache, it’s an opportunity to spark conversation and raise funds for these often-ignored issues in men’s health.

To get you in the spirit, these two guys made an amazing video about it appropriately called “Let It Grow.” Hooray for another “Let It Go” parody!

It’s not too late to get started, even if you’re a woman: become a Mo Sista and sign up here to support the men in your lives. If you feel bad that you can’t grow a mustache, why not grow out your leg hair? Or just ogle these hot guys with beards and cuddly animals.

Why Men ‘Let It Grow’ For #Movember

Have you noticed more mustaches sprouting up this month? In honor of Movember| men are ditching their razors and growing mustaches during November to bring awareness to men’s health| particularly prostate cancer| testicular cancer| and mental health. They shave clean on Nov. 1 then grow and groom their new mo’ (slang for mustache) for the entire month| asking friends and family to donate for their efforts. Like walking billboards| when people ask about their ‘stache| it’s an opportunity to spark conversation and raise funds for these often-ignored issues in men’s health.

To get you in the spirit| these two guys made an amazing video about it appropriately called “Let It Grow.” Hooray for another “Let It Go” parody!

It’s not too late to get started| even if you’re a woman: become a Mo Sista and sign up here to support the men in your lives. If you feel bad that you can’t grow a mustache| why not grow out your leg hair? Or just ogle these hot guys with beards and cuddly animals.

No Longer Silent: 7 Signs of Ovarian Cancer

In light of September being Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, I found this quote about the “silent killer” illuminating. Dr. William Hamilton, a lead researcher on a recent survey of symptoms of the disease, said, “Ovarian cancer is not silent, it’s noisy. It’s just we’re not very good at deciphering the noise.”

As researchers reviewed medical records of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, they found these seven common symptoms:

    Abdominal distensionUrinary frequencyAbdominal painPostmenopausal bleedingLoss of appetiteRectal bleedingAbdominal bloating

You might find it redundant that the list contains both abdominal distension and bloating, but medically speaking they are different symptoms. Bloating comes and goes, but distension is “a progressive increase in abdominal size.” In the US, bloating is the most persistent symptom, and unfortunately a sign of many other, simpler health problems. Making both patients and gynecologists aware of the symptoms is the next step in the fight against ovarian cancer, where early detection is key.

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