Pregnant Women Must Take Folic Acid

Yesterday, a government Task Force reaffirmed its stance that women who are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, should take folic acid supplements as a means of preventing birth defects. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of national medical experts, released its final recommendation on folic acid supplements for the prevention of birth defects. The group examined… Read more »

Five Folate-Rich Foods

It is important to get adequate amounts of folic acid. According to a recent article from the New York Times, folic acid is one of the most, “luscious micronutrients” available and multiple studies suggest a lack of folic acid can lead to mental conditions such as depression and memory loss. Folic acid, also known as… Read more »

What is Folic Acid and Why Do You Need It?

What is folic acid? Folate occurs naturally in foods, while folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. Why do you need folic acid? Vitamin B9 is essential for human growth and development, encourages normal nerve and proper brain functioning, and may help reduce blood-levels of the amino acid homocysteine (elevated homocysteine levels have been implicated… Read more »

Cervical Cancer Fighting Foods

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help protect you from developing cervical cancer. How? Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Experts believe that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with their antioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids, and folate can help the body fight HPV infection and prevent HPV infection… Read more »

Cervical Cancer and Vitamin D Deficiency

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cervical cancer affects roughly 12,700 women in the United States annually and kills nearly 4,300. There are two major risk factors for cervical cancer: Human papilloma virus (HPV) Smoking, especially in combination with HPV. Smoking weakens the tight junctions of surface cells and allows HPV to invade…. Read more »

Common Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells lining the cervix — the lower part of the uterus. These cells do not suddenly change into cancer. Instead, the normal cells of the cervix first slowly change into pre-cancer cells that can then turn into cancer. These changes may be called dysplasia…. Read more »

Top Four Breast Cancer Myths

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to talk about the many myths surrounding breast cancer. You may have heard that wearing a bra can increase your chances, but there is no scientific support to this rumor. But if you think you’re off the hook because you have no family history of breast cancer,… Read more »

2016 Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime in the United States. There is currently no cure for breast cancer, but 2016 has brought some significant breakthroughs in treatment as well as new ways to think about causes and risk factors. Targeted Combo Therapy In a recent study out of… Read more »

Breast Cancer Risk Factors You Should Know

While October is usually a month of pumpkin orange, and autumn leaves turning fiery shades of red and yellow, it is also that time of year where we are reminded to think pink. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Most women know that they should perform monthly breast self-exams, feeling for any abnormalities. But… Read more »

The Role of B Vitamins in Breast Cancer

There is conflicting evidence surrounding the role B vitamins play in breast cancer. What we do know is that B vitamins are essential for growth, development, and a variety of other bodily functions. They play a major role in the activities of enzymes, proteins that regulate chemical reactions in the body, which are important in… Read more »