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The evidence suggests smoking increases the risk for poor outcomes with this virus, so now is the perfect time to quit.
Smokers Face Greater Risk from COVID-19
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More than 700,000 new cases of cancer worldwide in 2020 were attributable to alcohol consumption, according to a population-based modeling study.

Overall cancer death rates continue to decline in men and women for all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer. 

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial trauma have caused an unprecedented disruption in the lives of youth ages 10-18, leading to an increase in mental health concerns. Schoolwide mental health screenings, rebuilding relationships with teachers and peers, and providing additional resources to reduce stress and anxiety can help address students mental health needs, says a new rapid expert consultation from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

new study published Tuesday finds that smoking menthol cigarettes versus unflavored cigarettes is associated with reduced success in quitting among people who smoke nearly every day.

Demarco, Cynthia. "Abnormal or inconclusive scan or test? 5 things to know when the doctor calls." MD Anderson Cancer Center, May 19, 2021.

Thousands of people will get screening exams for breast cancercervical cancer and lung cancer this year. Others will get diagnostic tests or scans – such as chest X-rays – for other reasons. Some will be asked to come back for additional scans or testing.

Minerd, Jeff. "Deaths From Obesity-Related Cancers on the Rise." MedPage Today, May 10, 2021.

— Trends parallel those already observed for heart disease

Powers-James, Catherine. "Coping with burnout: 3 steps to get started." MD Anderson Cancer Center, May 10, 2021.

Burnout is the combination of exhaustion, detachment and cynicism that can sometimes develop when we’re faced with unrelieved stress over a long period of time.

People usually talk about burnout in the workplace, but everyday factors can contribute to it, too. That includes ongoing financial struggles and chronic tension in personal relationships – and now living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Throw in a cancer diagnosis and some level of burnout is almost inevitable – whether you’re a patient or a caregiver.

So, how do you prevent burnout if you haven’t reached that point yet? And how can you find some relief if you’re already burned out? Here’s a three-step guide to get you started.

Efforts to ban menthol cigarettes, ban flavored cigars build on previous flavor ban and mark significant steps to reduce addiction and youth experimentation, improve quitting, and address health disparities

Bassett. Mike. "Collapse in Cancer Screenings Had Lasting Impact." MedPage Today, April 30, 2021.

— "Cancers are not taking a break during a pandemic," says breast cancer expert

Millard, Elizabeth. "Why the Sounds of Nature Are So Good for Health and Well-Being." Everyday Health, April 9, 2021.

New data finds that even listening to recordings of nature can boost mood, decrease stress, and even lessen pain.

Gever, John. "Many E-Cig Users Want to Quit." MedPage Today, April 2, 2021.

Most adults who reported using e-cigarettes indicated that they would like to stop, federal survey data indicated, but ratings of the strength of intention varied by their past histories with tobacco and, in general, were not especially high.

Marks, Julie. "Why Are 'Never-Smokers' Getting Lung Cancer?." Everyday Health, April 2, 2021.

For what seemed like forever, smoking and lung cancer appeared to go hand in hand. Now the statistics are showing an unnerving trend: More and more people who have never smoked are developing lung cancer. Why?

Hymel, Pamela, William Kassler, and J. Brent Pawlecki.. "It’s time to make public health a priority for business." Fortune, march 27, 2021.

With more than a half a million lives lost and 100,000 businesses permanently shuttered in the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inextricable link between healthy communities and a strong, resilient economy—and our collective failure to better prepare for this foreseeable crisis. 

Minered, Jeff. "Stay-at-Home Orders Linked to Weight Gain." MedPage Today, March 22, 2021.

Americans gained weight after being told to stay out of public places during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a small longitudinal cohort study.

North American Quitline Consortium. "Report on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Smoking Cessation." March 12, 2021.

A new report released on March 12, from the North American Quitline Consortium, confirms a drastic decline in requests for stop-smoking services.