Along with `quit alcohol and smoking and lose weight’ the line `exercise more’ is pretty much standard medical advice. However, the lead story notes that there may be more to the`exercise more’ than simply to make everyone feel guilty.

Second story re-emphasises the need for good dental hygiene.

# That moment when you’re all grown up, and you finally realize that the little piggy didn’t go to the market to go shopping
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A Post Cancer Push

(U.S.)  “I remember when I got the second cancer diagnosis, I was ready to leave the hospital and go home,” Yadira Peña said. “I think it was more difficult because I knew what was coming—the chemotherapy, the surgeries.”

After completing her treatment for ovarian cancer, Peña’s care team at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center approached her about participating in a program they had been working on with the Kelsey Research Foundation, called Active Living After Cancer.

“We got interested in physical activity as a program to help cancer survivors recover better after cancer and improve their quality of life,” said Basen-Engquist, professor of behavioral science and director of the Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship at MD Anderson.

“Around that time, there was some work being done by a researcher in Canada showing that exercise was not only safe for people with cancer, but also had benefits. We were interested in bringing some of that type of research to MD Anderson, but we took a little bit different approach.”

As behavioral scientists, it was the goal of Basen-Engquist and Carmack, a professor in the department of palliative, rehabilitation and integrative medicine at MD Anderson, to make a long-lasting impact on the women enrolled in the program, rather than promote short-term weight loss or fad dieting.

“We are talking about incorporating physical activity into daily life, as well as going to the gym,” Basen-Engquist said.

She explained that many cancer survivors do have issues after their cancer treatment—they are deconditioned, their physical functioning has declined and they experience early aging.

She said the main goal of the program is to get people feeling better, to boost their energy and to regain some of the strength they lost over the course of their cancer treatments.

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Be your own advocate

The importance of dental care goes beyond cavities — it’s also about preventing cancer. The week of April 8 is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, and your dentist or dental hygienist may be your first line of defense against oral cancer.

More than 50,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and the tonsils) in 2018, and 350 will be diagnosed in West Virginia alone.

Routine dental exams can detect cancer or pre-cancers during the early stages. If you notice a persistent sore or pain, swelling or changes in your mouth, or red or white patches on the gums, tongue, tonsils or lining of the mouth, visit a doctor or dentist so they can examine your mouth more closely.

Some people diagnosed with oral cancer have no risk factors, so it’s important for everyone to keep those dental appointments.

If you use tobacco, drink alcohol in excess, or have the human papillomavirus (HPV), you have an increased risk for oral cancer. Oral cancer is more common in older adults, particularly men, but oropharyngeal cancer is on the rise in middle-aged, nonsmoking white men between the ages of 35 and 55.

The majority of these types of cancer cases are caused by HPV.

Take charge of your health and reduce your risk of oral cancer. If you smoke or chew tobacco, quit now (it’s never too late). Moderate your alcohol consumption to no more than one drink a day for women or two for men.

If you have children, make sure they receive the HPV vaccine, which is recommended for all girls and boys ages 11 and 12; a “catch-up” vaccine is also available for young women up to age 26 and most young men up to age 21.

You can be your own best advocate. Check the inside of your mouth in the mirror each month, and speak up to your dentist or dental hygienist if you notice any changes that concern you.

And to learn more about cancer prevention, be sure to visit

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