In honor of World Cancer Day, we shared information to help you better understand cancer all week.
Cancer causes 22% of deaths in the U.S., second only to heart disease, and you have an over 30% chance of being diagnosed with cancer in your lifetime.
Cancer can start almost anywhere in your body and is when your cells fail to grow properly. When abnormal or damaged cells survive and continue to grow, they can become tumors.
Malignant tumors are masses of abnormal tissue that can spread into other healthy tissues around it. As they grow, they can also break apart and travel through your body, spreading the cancer further.
Cancer is genetic, so you can inherit genetic changes that cause cancer. They also can be a result of damage to DNA from being exposed to environmental issues, like tobacco or ultraviolet rays from the sun.
There are over 100 types of cancer, and they’re usually named for the tissue they’re in or by the type of cell that they’re made of. Breast, colorectal, and lung cancers are currently the most common.
Early treatment can reduce your risk of death from cancer, and screenings, like exams, lab tests, imaging procedures, and genetic tests, can help you catch it before you display symptoms.
Common cancer treatments include surgery to remove tumors, radiation and chemotherapy to kill cancerous cells, and immunotherapy that helps your immune system fight back. Learn more about other types of treatment.
It’s National Hot Breakfast Month, and a hot breakfast can be the perfect way to start the day, especially for your kids.
First up is beautiful Toasted Oatmeal with Strawberry Chia Jam and Coconut Whipped Cream that only looks like a dessert.
Image and Recipe via Cookie and Kate
Start your day with these light Morning Breakfast Pockets.
Image and Recipe via Keto Diet
Hot breakfast is still possible on the go with these Easy Microwave Scrambled Egg Cups.
Whip up this Low-Calorie Breakfast Sandwich for a light and satisfying hot breakfast first thing.
Image and Recipe via Food Nasty
Use up your leftover rice with these Rice Bowls with Fried Egg and Avocado for an easy hot breakfast.
Image and Recipe via Bon Appetit
Impress the family with a pot of this gorgeous Quinoa and Chia Porridge with Stone Fruits.
These 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Protein Pancakes are perfect for weekend brunch at home.
It’s National Mentoring Month, and mentoring changes lives.
It’s easy to become a mentor in your community!
Mentoring in your workplace is also a great way to encourage and foster young talent.
Learn more about advocating for mentoring in your community.
Mentoring can both shape mentees and impact the community.
Mentoring is also a great way for mentors to grow and learn more about others.
While a majority of Americans think mentoring is important, most aren’t involved in actually making it happen. Donate or become a mentor now.
It’s National Slow Cooking Month, and to celebrate, we’ve got unique, healthy slow cooking month recipes that your whole family will love.
First up is a beautiful Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna.
Keep warm in the winter chill with this Skinny Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup.
Skip the food court with this easy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies.
Cozy up inside and stay warm with this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.
Prepare for taco night or game day in a pinch with these Chipotle Pulled Beef Tacos.
Image and Recipe via Whole and Heavenly Oven
Get ready for your Super Bowl party with these Slow Cooker Garlic Honey Teriyaki Wings.
Whip up these last-minute Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork Sliders for today’s parties.
Keep your resolutions on track while you’re snacking with this week’s recipes for healthy grab-and-go snacks.
First up are beautiful, light, and easy Pesto and Turkey Cucumber Roll-Ups.
Prep these 10 healthy snacks in jars to grab as you leave the house in the morning.
Craving sushi? Try these Tuna Salad Nori Wraps for an easy alternative that’s perfect for munching on the go.
Image and Recipe via Plating Pixels
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these Pomegranate and Dark Chocolate Bites.
Image and Recipe via This Healthy Table
Build simple and delicious Kids Snack Bento Boxes for easy grab-and-go snacks for the whole family.
These Vegan Cucumber Pinwheels with Tomato Pesto are the perfect veggie-filled bite.
Get your fruit in a sweet bite with added protein when you try this High Protein Fruit Dip.
Image and Recipe via In Katrina’s Kitchen
It’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, and you can learn more about drug and alcohol use and its effects, especially among teens, along with us this week or at an event near you.
What’s the breakdown of drug and alcohol use among teens? Learn more about protecting your teens.
Comorbidity can affect both substance abuse and helping get those suffering from substance abuse the treatment they need.
The health effects of synthetic cannabinoids, popular among teens, are unpredictable, and they can be harmful.
Driving under the influence of drugs can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
In the midst of the opioid crisis, drug overdose deaths are on the rise.
Infographics via NIH
Get more facts about the effects of a variety of drugs, alcohol, addiction, and more from the NIH.