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Cancer Bites: September Recipe / Garlic Lemon Cod


Is your freezer packed full of this season’s bounty? Whether you caught it yourself, a friend gave it to you or you picked it up at your favorite fish market, many Alaskans are enjoying freezers full of freshly caught cod. We have the perfect recipe for you this month that’s delicious and supports prostate health. Garlic lemon cod is packed full of the healthy omega 3 fatty acids that your body craves.


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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

When something that affects one in nine men is 99 percent treatable and easily detected, it seems like a no-brainer to get screened. Know the signs of prostate cancer, get your screening and encourage all the men in your life to get checked as well. Here are a few more things you can do for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness for this highly treatable disease.

  1. Get screened! Screening guidelines for prostate cancer were updated in 2017. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, start your regular screenings at age 40. If you’re African-American, start your screenings at 45. If you have no family history of prostate cancer and you’re not African-American, you can wait until you’re 50.
  2. Share your story. You never know what will help someone make the choice to get screened. Share your story on social media, bring it up in conversation and make sure everyone in your life knows why it’s important to get screened.
  3. Give. Although many breakthroughs have been made in prostate cancer research, there is still so much to learn. Find an organization like the Prostate Cancer Foundation to donate to this month.

Still want to do more? Get involved and Save the Males!

World Lung Cancer Day



World Lung Cancer Day is part of a grassroots effort of the lung cancer community to raise awareness about lung cancer and its global impact. Aug. 1 is recognized as World Lung Cancer Day, a day to commemorate, celebrate and support those impacted by lung cancer. It is also important to educate the public about lung cancer risks and early treatment options in order to combat this one of the most common cancers worldwide.

Every year, lung cancer claims more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. It accounts for an estimated one in five cancer deaths globally. While smoking can definitely increase a person’s risk for developing lung cancer, there are other risk factors that are less commonly known. Environmental toxins have been linked to lung cancer. So have diseases like chronic bronchitis and TB.

We encourage you to recognize World Lung Cancer Day by learning more about lung cancer, celebrate survivors, remember loved ones who have passed and help propel the education movement.

Cancer Bites: August recipe / Summer corn, avocado & black bean salad

BlackBeanSalad recipe

 We may be losing daylight but summer is not over yet! There is still time for barbecues and porch sitting. That’s why this month we’re serving up the best summer snack/appetizer in our repertoire: summer corn, avocado and black bean salad.

On top of tasting amazing, this recipe is packed full of potential health benefits. Black beans are rich in selenium, a mineral that aids in liver enzyme function and detoxifies some cancer-causing compounds.

Pro tip: Most canned vegetables and beans contain added salt and you could be adding more salt into your recipe than you’d like. To prevent this, look for “no salt added” ingredients. If you can’t find it, rinse the vegetables before adding them to your dish to get some of the added salt off. This is what we did for the black beans in the recipe below.

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UV Safety Month: how sun safe are you?

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July is UV Safety Month and a good reminder to take care of your skin and protect yourself from ultraviolet rays that can increase your chances of skin cancer. Here in Alaska, we’re fortunate to live in the land of the midnight sun; more daylight means more sunshine and for many people, more time outdoors enjoying it. But Alaskans are at just as much of a risk at developing skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S. Brush up on our UV safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.

  1. Wear sunscreen (duh!) but choose it carefully! Many sunscreens can have chemicals that are dangerous for both you and the environment. Take a few minutes to do a little research and pick the sunscreen that’s right for you.
  2. Think outside the box. It’s obvious that you need to apply sunscreen when you’re lying on the beach but what about when you’re just out for a hike? It’s still very important to wear sunscreen, especially when you consider that higher altitudes can increase your exposure.
  3. Know the UV index for the day. Different levels of UV rays change the risk. The more you know, the safer you can plan.

While these tips are important for everyone to follow, those receiving radiation treatment need to be extra careful in the sun. Skin in an area receiving radiation therapy may already be red or burned from treatments so be extra cautious. Schedule your sun time when the UV index is lower, either early or late in the day. Wear a hat and clothes that cover most of your body and choose your sunscreen carefully. As always, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about your concerns or to ask for recommendations.