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Seven Tips to Successfully Quit Smoking in the New Year

This holiday season, countless Americans will make the New Year’s resolution to quit smoking in 2012. While quitting smoking is extremely difficult—six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking—preparing a quit-smoking plan can greatly improve a person's chance for success. The following are proven tips and resources from the American Lung Association that have helped thousands of people give up smoking for good.

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Getting Up From Your Desk Can Put the “Breaks” on Cancer

As many as 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer occurring in the U.S. every year are linked to a lack of physical activity, according to estimates presented at the American Institute for Cancer Research annual conference. The estimate underscores the critical role that both activity and inactivity play in the development of specific cancers.

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AICR's Foods that Fight Cancer™

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has launched a new web-based tool that details the current state of the research on the food-cancer link, and offers practical strategies for adding cancer-protective foods to the day.

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Don’t Let Fatigue Get You Down

Fatigue is the most common and distressing symptom experienced by people with cancer. It can be part of the disease process or its treatments, and it can persist after treatments are completed. Cancer invades every part of your life. Similarly, fatigue can cast a shadow over everything you do, feel, and even how you think about yourself. Learning about fatigue, its causes, and ways to potentially lessen its effects can improve your overall quality of life.

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Easing the Pain of Cancer

by Carrie Aigner, PhD, and Diane Novy, PhD

Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling sad or anxious you attend more to aches and pains in your body? When pain flares, you are more prone to experience negative emotions, such as fear, frustration, anger, and anxiety. Furthermore, when you are in pain, you may feel less like being active and socializing, making you even more susceptible to negative emotions.

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Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle after Cancer

by Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

I have been an oncology nurse for over 30 years but only joined the “club no one wants to be a member of” in 2007. So I have a view from both sides of being care provider and recipient. Much of my career has focused on people newly diagnosed with cancer who are facing treatment. I soon began to realize that was just the beginning of life as a cancer survivor.

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How Should I Care for Myself During Radiation Therapy?

Nearly two-thirds of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy during their illness. How should you care for yourself during treatment?

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Getting the Sleep You Need When Cancer Keeps You Awake

by Philip Gehrman, PhD, and Holly Barilla

Many people with cancer have trouble sleeping. Pain, illness, medication, cancer treatments, side effects, and the psychological distress of diagnosis can disrupt sleep in people with cancer. And for many cancer survivors, insomnia continues to be a problem even after active treatment is finished.

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