Public Health News Roundup: December 7
Men More Likely than Women to Die of Cancer
Men are more likely than women to both be diagnosed with cancer and to die of the disease, according to a new study in The Journal of Urology. The researchers did not include mortality rates for sex-specific cancers. The gender gap could be due to men's higher rates of smoking and drinking, as well as they fact that men are on average less likely to have frequent doctor visits—meaning cancers are not caught as early. "That means going to screening programs, seeing a general practitioner or primary care provider on a regular basis and as soon as symptoms arise that are new, mentioning that to their primary care physicians," said Yang Yang, a sociologist and cancer researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was not part of the study. Read more on cancer.
Survey Finds Major Support for Worksite Wellness Initiatives
The States of Wellness national survey on worksite wellness has found that, more and more, businesses are understanding and embracing the business benefits of wellness initiatives. The poll found that 87 percent of organizations understand the importance of worksite wellness and 74 percent said they would utilize community-based collaborations to learn about and improve wellness initiatives. Read more on physical activity and partnerships.
Study: Simply Cutting Fat Intake Drops Weight, Keeps it Off
Simply switching high-fat foods with low-fat foods isn’t as effective as dieting, but it still lowers weight and the weight stays off, according to a new study in the journal BMJ. Researchers say the findings could have a major effect on dietary recommendations in the ongoing effort to prevent cancer, stroke and heart disease—all of which include excessive weight as a contributing factor. "This means having low-fat milk and yogurt, cutting down on butter and cheese and cutting the fat off meat," said study leader Lee Hooper, MD, of the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School, in a release. "Most importantly, have fruit instead of fatty snacks like biscuits, cake and crisps. And remember, this isn't a diet, so don't take it to extremes, but work out a way of eating that you can stick to permanently." Read more on nutrition and obesity.