University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Take On Cancer

Take On Cancer is what we do at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. In a world where 1 in 2.5 people will hear "it's cancer," we want to make sure that you are able to take on cancer too.

Knowledge is everything - stay engaged, informed and prepared.

BRCA Gene Mutations and Cancer

Two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, if mutated are known to dramatically increase a woman’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Men can also carry these genes, and if they have a gene mutation, which also puts them at risk for developing breast and other cancers, though their breast cancer risk is not nearly as much as in women. Here's what you need to know about these genes and genetic testing.

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Walk Yourself to Better Health with These 6 Easy Steps

A simple activity most of us do without much thought -- and yet something most of us could stand to do more of -- walking offers a host of vital health benefits. And it doesn't take much to get started.

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Understanding Skin Cancer and How to Prevent It

Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer1 than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Kelly B. Cha, M.D., Ph.D., a Michigan Medicine dermatologist and skin cancer expert, answers questions about how to best detect and prevent skin cancer.

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Sunscreen Prevents Skin Cancer

It's important to protect your skin whenever you are outside, because of the risk for skin cancer. About 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65% of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. One of the best ways to protect your skin is to apply sunscreen. Do you know which is right for you?

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Heartburn’s burn and the risk for esophageal cancer

Heartburn. It’s a symptom that many people experience on a regular basis. What many people don’t realize is that long-term heartburn can put them at risk for esophageal cancer.

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Early Detection is the Key to Preventing Cervical Cancer

One of the most common cancers in women, cervical cancer begins in the tissues of the cervix – an area that connects the vagina to the uterus in women.

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How does your diet rate when it comes to breast cancer prevention?

Are you looking to reduce your risk of getting breast cancer or preventing a recurrence? If so, taking a good look at how and what you eat can be the key. Here are some questions to consider in putting together your own game plan.

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Multivitamin supplements and cancer: is there a role?

It is well known that the appropriate intake of vitamins and minerals is essential to overall health. This is likely the driving force behind the 49% of U.S. adults who are taking at least one dietary supplement. Most people assume that multivitamin supplements are harmless, since they are perceived as natural.

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Eat like King Tut with ancient grains

Ancient grain refers to a grain that has been planted and harvested, without modification, for hundreds of years or more. These include kamut, amaranth, farro, and teff and they deserve all the attention. They are powerhouses of nutrition, specifically rich in phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

You don't need to break your budget to eat healthy. It doesn't take any extra time to shop wisely or change your staple foods but these very easy strategies can reduce your shopping budget. And with a few minutes of extra planning, you can further reduce your grocery bill.

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