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Organic and Whole Grains to Reduce Cancer Risks

Organic and Whole Grains to Reduce Cancer Risks

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is always looking for ways to share insights that may help people minimize their risks for cancer, while giving their bodies the best chance for successful outcomes, should a diagnosis for cancer occur. A significant part of the practice’s educational efforts comes from providing information related to healthy eating, which includes whole and organic grains.

While organic and whole grains have been around forever, trends recently have increased focus on the benefits of a diet that features more of these grains which include brown rice, oatmeal, corn, barley, bulgur, kasha, millet and more. These grains are rich in fiber and include bran and nutrient-packed germ that aren’t found in processed grains.

Some wonder whether these critical nutrients can be gained through taking supplements to reduce cancer risks. However, evidence suggests that supplements don’t have the same positive effects as getting nutrients from foods. This comes from an understanding that the body better processes key nutrients when they’re eaten along with other nutrients, and in their most natural form.

Phytochemicals and Antioxidants and Anti-Cancer Activities

One of the most important benefits from organic whole grains is health-promoting phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are components of plants that convey healthful properties beyond their use as macronutrients or micronutrients. Phytochemicals have been found by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition to contain potent antioxidant and anticancer activities.

Ways to Get More Organic and Whole Grains in Your Diet

A challenge for consumption of grains comes from a desire to reduce carbohydrates from diets for weight loss. While getting to a healthy weight, or staying at a healthy weight, is important for your overall health, adding or increasing organic whole grains to a diet can be done while being cautious of caloric consumption. As with any diet or dietary plan, the key is found in proper portions. In addition, most carbs that cause dietary issues comes from processed grains, which often provide empty or wasteful calories.

Here are a few examples of how to add whole grains to your diet to improve your health, while also watching your diet.

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Brown Rice over White Rice – The exterior layer of a rice grain contains fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins and phytochemicals and the germ layer contains similar healthy nutrients including antioxidants like vitamin E. White rice is a brown rice grain with all of the goodness removed.

 

Organic and Whole Grains to Reduce Cancer Risks

 

Whole Wheat Bread over White Bread – Similar to rice, the production process for whole wheat leaves far more nutrients in place than white bread. Whole wheat bread includes vitamins, protein, minerals, healthy fats, and fiber that are missing in white bread.

 

Organic and Whole Grains to Reduce Cancer Risks

 

More Oatmeal for Breakfast – Oatmeal, in particular steel cut oatmeal, is a fast and healthy breakfast alternative that’s packed with nutrition. You can add healthy fruits, nuts and vegetables, or other options like honey or yogurt to oatmeal for added health benefits.

 

 

Organic and Whole Grains to Reduce Cancer Risks

 

Bonus: Quinoa a Grain that’s Not a Grain – Quinoa is a food that shares many of the same benefits of grains, but is not actually a grain. Quinoa is actually a relative of spinach and beets. The great benefit of quinoa is being able to enjoy much of what organic whole grains offer, while being gluten free.

 

 

Options for Flours – For those that enjoy baking, there are several types of flour are made from whole grains including chickpea flour, teff flour, tapioca flour, brown rice flour and almond flour.

As with any foods, be mindful of potential food allergies, while also keeping in mind that even good food is better food in moderation.

For more healthy eating habits and recipes, visit our website. To schedule an appointment with a physician at Comprehensive Cancer Centers, call 702-952-3350.

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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How to Detect Skin Cancer

How to Detect Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more people being diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. Living in Southern Nevada, with an average of 292 days of sun per year, knowing what to look for can help catch skin cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

The Importance of Skin Cancer Self-Examinations

When detected early, skin cancer is almost always curable. This is why getting to know your skin and recognizing any new or changing marks or lesions through regular self-exams is so important.

Lesions, ulcers, or tumors on the skin should be checked out by a dermatologist right away. Marks and moles should be documented and monitored for changes during your self-exams. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends head-to-toe self-examinations of the skin once a month and an annual exam by a dermatologist once a year. Check with your insurance provider, as plans may cover your annual exam.

How to Check Yourself for Skin Cancer

Oncologists at Comprehensive Cancer Centers recommend that when checking your skin you should be taking note of all the spots on your body. Spots typically include freckles, moles, birthmarks, age spots, bumps, sores, scabs, open wounds that bleed, and scaly patches.

For your self-exam, you’ll need a full-length mirror, a hand mirror, bright lighting, and a place to record your findings. When possible, ask someone to help check hard to see places. A complete self-check involves the following steps:

  1. Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised. Women should lift breasts to view the undersides.
  2. Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms, underarms, and palms. Also check between fingers and under fingernails.
  3. Look at the backs of your legs and feet, between your toes, and the soles of your feet.
  4. Check the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part the hair to get a closer look. A hair dryer may be helpful in raising up hair so it’s easier to see.
  5. Examine your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.

Sun exposure isn’t the only risk factor when it comes to developing skin cancer; that is why it’s important to examine all of your skin, including places that aren’t often (or ever) exposed to the sun or UV rays.

Note Changes in Your Skin Regularly to Prevent Skin Cancer

After the exam, it’s important to take note of your findings. An easy and effective way to do this is by downloading a body map to track new spots or changes in existing spots. On a printed diagram of the body, you simply make marks that correspond to the marks on your skin, and then draw lines out to the margin to record approximate size, color and date. Use the same map to record your findings and compare them each month.

Smartphone apps like SkinVision and MySkinPal can also be used to track and take pictures of spots. It is important to remember, though, that these apps should never be used for diagnosis.

With each self-exam, you’ll become more familiar with what is normal for you, so anything unusual will draw your attention quickly and you can have it checked out by your primary care physician or dermatologist.

What to Look For on Your Skin for Skin Cancer

It can be challenging to identify which marks on your skin are normal and which are not, especially if you’re prone to freckles or moles. The American Cancer Society recommends that you be on the lookout for an “ugly duckling” on your skin — any mark that looks different than all the others. Additionally, the following ABCDE rule is helpful in spotting potential melanomas.

A for Asymmetry:

Half of the mole or mark doesn’t match the other half.

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B for Border:

Irregular, jagged, blurry or notched edges.

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C for Color:

Non-uniform color that includes different shades of black, brown, red, white, pink or blue patches.

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D for Diameter:

The growth is more than ¼ inch in diameter (about the size of a pencil eraser.)

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E for Evolving:

The mole is growing or changing color or shape.

Not all skin cancers follow these rules, but many do. When in doubt about any mark on your skin that seems unusual, be cautious and have it looked at by a dermatologist.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with skin cancer or melanoma, schedule an appointment with a physician at Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Call 702-952-3350 today.

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Comprehensive Cancer Supports BCAN Walk to End Bladder Cancer

Walk to End Bladder Cancer

Comprehensive Cancer Centers has a long history of supporting local and national organizations that help improve the lives and health of our fellow residents of Southern Nevada. Our practice is proud to participate in community events, which support treatment, awareness and research related to cancer.

An upcoming event Comprehensive supports is the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)’s Walk to End Bladder Cancer. The walk will be held on May 19, 2018 at Mountain Crest Park (4701 N. Durango Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89129). Check in for the walk starts at 10:00 a.m. with the walk, which goes 1.75 miles) commencing at 11:00 a.m.

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network’s (BCAN) mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, advance bladder cancer research, and provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community.

Through advocacy, awareness, research and educational programs such as the Bladder Cancer Think Tank, Young Investigator Awards, and Patient Insight Webinars, BCAN is providing help and hope for those impacted by this life changing disease. Funds generated through the national BCAN Walk to End Bladder Cancer events support these initiatives and other mission programs.

About Bladder Cancer

  • Bladder cancer is the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States – 4th among men and 11th among women.
  • There are over six hundred thousand people living with bladder cancer in the United States.
  • Bladder cancer has a 50% – 80% recurrence rate.
  • In 2017, nearly 79,000 people will be newly diagnosed with bladder cancer and 16,000 will die from this disease.
  • Women are more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer later and have a worse prognosis than men at almost every stage of the disease.

Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options including: chemotherapy, radiation therapy and clinical research for the treatment of bladder cancer. For a complete list of clinical research studies currently being conducted at Comprehensive for bladder cancer, please click here. To schedule an appointment call 702-952-3350.

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Comprehensive Cancer and National Clinical Research Efforts

Comprehensive Cancer Center’s National Research Efforts

Comprehensive Cancer Centers has been an integral part of The US Oncology Network’s (The Network) clinical research efforts for more than 20 years. The practice has contributed to and participated in research efforts for dozens of new therapies that have become the standard of care today.

US Oncology Research Video

Clinical Research is an integral part of advancing cancer care. “The ability to treat cancer has evolved,” said Nicholas J. Vogelzang, MD, FASCO, FACP medical oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers, who is featured in the video.

Dr. Vogelzang also comments that “There’s a lot of people living a lot longer due to clinical research,” and part of that vital research is conducted right here in Southern Nevada. Comprehensive Cancer Centers participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has helped develop more than 70 FDA approved cancer therapies.

For more information about the research program we offer at Comprehensive Cancer Centers, or to see what trials are currently open, visit our website. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers Adds 16 Slice GE Discovery RT CT Scanner

Comprehensive Adds New Piece of Technology

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is dedicated to providing the most effective treatments, both existing and emerging, in order to diagnose and successfully treat cancer and serious blood disorders. An important part of these efforts comes from providing our patients with access to modern technologies for diagnostic, therapeutic and research efforts.

The practice’s latest advancement comes from the recently added 16 Slice GE Discovery RT CT scanner. To accommodate the new piece of equipment and better account for patient comfort, the CT room in Comprehensive’s Central Valley Clinic was expanded.

“Securing and deploying the most modern technology available is a critical element in our comprehensive approach to treating patients,” said Jon Bilstein, Executive Director of Comprehensive Cancer Centers. “The Discovery RT Scanner is yet another new resource to improve our ability to provide patient comfort and care.”

In addition to increased comfort for patients during testing, the scanner’s automatic processing provides instant critical coronal and sagittal details to physicians and technicians. This means the team at Comprehensive will have access to more information, more quickly in order to make diagnoses for our patients.

About the 16 Slice GE Discovery RT CT Scanner

According to manufacturer GE, the scanner provides an all-encompassing approach to radiation therapy planning, by interconnecting therapy-planning technology. MicroVoxel technology delivers superb 2D and 3D images through the optimum choice of sub-millimeter slice thickness and reconstructed voxel size. These details provide oncologists with improved views that offer greater detail in scans.

The new scanner offers benefits for patients who have metal filing in teeth or orthopedic implants. Through the scanner’s Smart Metal Artifact Reduction (MAR) technology, the scanner accounts for these foreign objects, without losing any clarity in scans.

“Most people who have scans would never imagine that something as simple as a filing for a cavity could cause diagnostic issue, but they can,” said Bilstein. “The more technology improves, like with the Discovery RT CT Scanner, the better results we can achieve for our patients.”

Comprehensive Cancer Centers team of doctors, researchers, nurses and healthcare professionals have provided patients with groundbreaking treatment options and cutting-edge technology for more than 35 years. Our multi-specialty practice offers medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonology, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research to patients in Southern Nevada and from out-of-state. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, contact Comprehensive Cancer Centers at 702-952-3350 today.

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How Does the Clinical Research Approval Process Work?

How Does the Clinical Research Approval Process Work?

Comprehensive Cancer Centers has covered many factors involved in clinical research including how the practice selects therapies to be tested, what clinical research phase numbers mean, and why clinical research is important for the future of cancer treatment. Now we will touch on how the FDA approval process of a clinical trial works.

How Do Clinical Trial Therapies Get Initial FDA Approval?

The process begins with the submission of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the first step before anyone can even begin clinical research. The application discloses any previous testing efforts on animals or people, and details about the performance of these tests. Information must be disclosed regarding the investigator advancing the therapy, with details about their previous efforts and successes. Details are provided that outlines the study plans. These plans are reviewed by practices like Comprehensive Cancer Centers when considering participating in studies or in using them later as regular treatment options.

What Happens After Clinical Research Starts?

A critical stage in new clinical research comes when phase III clinical trials (or sometimes phase II studies) start to demonstrate that the therapy being tested works better, or is safer, than current standards of care treatment options. When this happens, a new drug application (NDA) is completed by the investigator (the company that created the therapy), and is shared with the FDA to secure approval. Based on established criteria, the FDA makes the determination to approve the therapy for more widespread use. A treatment, if approved, could then become the new benchmark that new drugs will be compared with in future clinical research. The drug may also be sent back by the FDA for more testing and analysis.

Is Clinical Research Over At That Point?

Even if a therapy is approved, its performance may still be reviewed as part of what’s called Phase IV in clinical research. This is done as the therapy is more widely used and additional data comes in as more patients use the therapy. This information gives the FDA a more complete sense of the therapy’s efficacy. Questions the FDA ask during this process includes whether or not new side effects emerge, or if the drug helps people live longer than other treatment options. Comprehensive Cancer Centers also accesses this data, as part of its constant and evolving efforts to provide patients with most effective care possible.

Can I Participate in Clinical Research?

Depending on many factors about your cancer and your current treatment course, you may be eligible to become part of a clinical research study. Taking part in a clinical research study can provide quicker access to therapies, which could potentially be better than current treatment options. Learn more about these opportunities, and how your participation may benefit your treatment, by clicking here. Comprehensive also urges minority populations to consider clinical research. Contact Comprehensive Cancer Centers at 702-952-3350 today or visit our website to learn more about our research program.

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Personal Trainer During Cancer

Hiring a Personal Trainer During Cancer Treatment

Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ team of physicians, researchers, nurses and healthcare professionals have provided patients with groundbreaking treatments for more than 35 years. The practice’s efforts focus on treating the entire patient, which includes advocating for them to live active, healthy lives while undergoing treatment.

Ultimately, it is our mission to heal you, to support the emotional well being of your family and to be your strongest ally in your fight against cancer. A significant part of your treatment comes from what you do when you’re outside of our clinics. This includes eating healthy foods , finding support groups, keeping a healthy home environment and perhaps as important as any factor – staying active and taking care of your body.

You don’t necessarily have to go to a gym and work with a trainer to enjoy the benefits of being active. We recently outlined the benefits of being active, which can include simple activities such as going for a walk. However, if you want to include a more rigorous workout regimen, a trainer could be the right resource for you. How does one get started on the path to work with a trainer?

Exercising While Being Treated For Cancer

Some people we treat already have exercise programs that they continue, with physician consultation, throughout their treatment. Other patients may not exercise now, but want to get started and may not know how. Other may wish to pick up their pace to exercise more or in different ways. Along with consulting your physician to see what’s recommended, a great way to get active can come from working with a trainer at a local gym. This process could be as simple as meeting with a trainer to get an initial exercise plan in place, or working with someone regularly to keep you motivated and on track.

How do you get started should you decide to work with a personal trainer while being treated for cancer?

Be Honest – Let the trainer know about your diagnosis, your condition and any insights shared by your physician for what’s best for you and your workout routine. It’s important to share all of the information from the first time you meet, so there is no confusion and you don’t get put on a plan that negatively affects your health.

Review Credentials – There are many certifications available for trainers, but the most important in this case is finding trainers with certifications for working with cancer patients. Created in collaboration with the American Cancer Society ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers (CETs) design and administer fitness assessments and exercise programs specific to a person’s cancers diagnosis, treatment and current recovery status. These are trainers best set up to help cancer patients and you should look to find one first.

Talk to Other Trainers – If you can’t find a trainer that’s part of the ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers (CETs) program, other trainers are still well qualified to help you create a plan. Just make sure that they are mindful of your physical condition.

Take a Test Drive – Once you have a trainer, certified or otherwise, see what their workout program is like and how you feel while training. Share the plan with your physician to ensure it is right for you during or after treatment. Make sure you scale back if you feel discomfort, and if that occurs let your doctor know so you can get an assessment.

Be Smart! Be Smart! Be Smart!
– It’s good to be active, but be smart. Don’t take risks with training and listen to your body. Again, we encourage you to check with your physician regarding what may be appropriate for your current or post treatment.

Our team is dedicated to providing the most effective treatments, both existing and emerging, in order to diagnose and successfully treat cancer and blood disorders. We support this goal with treatment centers across Southern Nevada, all of which integrate the latest diagnostic, therapeutic and research capabilities in a professional, yet caring setting. To schedule an appointment, contact Comprehensive Cancer Centers today at 702-952-3350.

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Breast Cancer Surgery Skills and Advancements

Breast Cancer Surgery and Advancements Are Key to Comprehensive Treatment

The fact that one out of eight women will face breast cancer in her lifetime drives Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ patient philosophy to provide excellence in breast cancer treatment through medical oncology, radiation oncology and breast cancer surgery. Comprehensive prides itself on offering multiple services under one roof to provide an integrated approach to care. The breast surgery division at Comprehensive is comprised of a team of surgeons including Souzan El-Eid, MD, FACS, Josette E. Spotts, MD FACS and Margaret A. Terhar, MD, FACS who conduct both non-cancer and cancer-related surgeries of the breast.

Breast Cancer Surgery Skills and Advancements

The patient philosophy of our breast surgery division is to provide excellence in breast surgical care using the highest standards, newest technologies available and access to the latest clinical research.

We truly believe that some of the most important treatments are preventative. Through breast health advocacy, early detection and regular prevention screenings, we want to stop cancer before it strikes. But in cases where cancer treatment is necessary, the breast surgery division creates individualized treatment plans where the patient’s personal needs come first.

To stay at the forefront of treatment, the breast surgery division also participates in monthly tumor board meetings where surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and other health care professionals come together in a collaborative environment to discuss some of the more challenging breast tumor cases and the best possible treatment options

The team applies their educational foundation, and years of practical experience, providing surgical treatment options that may include:

  • Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures
  • Breast Exam and Breast Care Education
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Clinical Research Studies
  • Genetic Risk Screening and Analysis
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mammogram Review
  • Management of Benign Breast Disease
  • Mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, contact Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ breast surgery division at 702-952-3350 today. To learn more, visit our website.

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Increasing Minority Cancer Screening and Treatment

Help Improve Minority Cancer Screening and Treatment in Our Community

While April 9-15 is National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, the need for improved participation in cancer screenings and treatment in minority communities remains a constant priority for Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

There has been substantial progress in the effort to save lives from cancer. This progress has increased due to early screenings, more accurate diagnoses and improved treatment protocols. Within this great story of progress is the unfortunate narrative that these advancements have not benefited minority populations to the extent they should.

According to the National Cancer Institute data illustrating shortcomings in progress can be found among the following populations:

  • African-American women suffer from a higher incidence of a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer (the triple-negative subtype) than women of other groups.
  • African-American men suffer from substantially higher rates of prostate cancer incidence and death than men of other racial/ethnic groups.
  • Native Americans have higher rates of liver cancer than other groups.
  • Asian and Pacific Islanders higher rates of kidney cancer than other groups.
  • Hispanic and African American women have higher rates of cervical cancer incidence and death than other groups.

Additionally, these groups are significantly underrepresented in clinical research. Access to groundbreaking trials can prolong the life of the person on the trial, while also help in getting these therapies approved and made accessible to all patients. Comprehensive Cancer Centers’ research efforts have helped develop more than 70 FDA approved therapy options for patients.

With the diversity found in Las Vegas and throughout Southern Nevada, the team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers believes it’s important for our community to rally together to help improve cancer detections and outcomes for our neighbors, so everyone has an equal chance at living a healthy life. To help make this happen, here are three simple tips everyone can take to help spread the word:

  1. Talk Openly About Screenings: When talking to friends in person, or even on social media, share the fact that you include screenings for cancer as part of your regular health care efforts. Had a mammogram? Facebook it. On your way to a prostate exam? Tell your friends. While this may seem funny, sharing helps demystify these simple and normal tests. Feeling like you’re being funny may actually help save a life.
  2. Ask Your Work to Spread the Word: Your HR department may already encourage employees to get tests and screenings, but if not, you can always encourage them to do something simple, such as post a flyer about breast cancer awareness month (October) or a prostate health awareness month (September) in your break room. You never know who may see that information and go on to take a test that saves their life.
  3. Refer a Friend: The idea of visiting a doctor, especially when a diagnosis of cancer is a possibility, can be a challenge for people. Feelings like you’re well cared for, and you have a team that’s looking out for you can make all the difference. Share these good experiences with others to encourage them to visit a family doctor for a first screening, or a specialist, like one at Comprehensive Cancer Centers, if further tests are necessary.

We know that talking about cancer isn’t always at the top of conversational priorities, but sharing experience with friends of all backgrounds will encourage them to share the information with their friends. This multiplier effect may help more residents here in Southern Nevada – many you may never meet – lead healthier lives.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, contact Comprehensive Cancer Centers at 702-952-3350. For more information about cancer prevention tips or cancer screenings, read our blog.

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Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality

Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality to Keep You Healthy

With spring here and summer not too far off, people are starting to do more gardening outside. When you take your trip to your local tree and plant nursery to pick up some plants and fertilizer, Comprehensive Cancer Centers reminds you that it’s also a good time to consider plants inside the house. Not only do these plants add color and life to your rooms, they serve as natural air purifiers, removing toxins from your home environment.

NASA conducted a Clean Air Study  that found plants are effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and ammonia from the air – chemicals that have been linked to negative health effects like headaches, dizziness, eye irritation and others. As we noted in our blog about keeping your home clean, anytime you can remove toxins and reduce risks of health issues, taking simple steps makes sense.

The NASA study determined that the airtight sealing of buildings prevents airflow and contributes significantly to health problems. Many of the newly built homes in Southern Nevada are built to be airtight. Similarly, synthetic building materials, which are known to emit or “off-gas” various organic compounds, have been linked to numerous health issues. Electronics and furnishings placed in homes are also contributing factors, because of the types of materials used in their manufacture and design.

In addition to regularly opening windows to allow fresh air into your home, the NASA study found that adding houseplants to a home is beneficial in removing toxins from the air. The study suggested that efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home (about one per room).

Here are a few suggestions for plants you can bring into your home that will do well in our desert environment found in the Las Vegas Valley. If you can’t find some plants at your local nursery, Amazon also ships plants with helpful notes about their efficacy in air purifying and care provide to help while you make making your selections.

  • Aloe Vera is known for removing formaldehyde from the air in your home.
  • Areca Palms are among the best plant air purifiers, with their benefits increasing as the plants grow bigger. They also do well in drier environments only needing partial sun.
  • Bamboo Palms are known to remove formaldehyde from the air and help with air quality as a natural humidifier.
  • Boston Ferns serve as air humidifiers, removing formaldehyde while purifying air.
  • Ficus Alii are great overall air purifiers; however, those with allergies to latex may have adverse reactions to the plant.
  • Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palms, like most palms, are one of the best plants for removing indoor air pollutants and are especially adept at removing xylene.
  • Snake Plants absorb toxins, such as nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde, and require minimal water and low light.

Check with the helpful people at your local nursery to find the right mix of indoor plants to help improve your air quality. These experts can help with guidance on watering, potting and planting, fertilizing, sunlight needs and other details important to keeping your plants alive and thriving.

For more ways on how to lead a healthy lifestyle to reduce risk of cancer and other health issues, read our blog. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, contact Comprehensive Cancer Centers at 702-952-3350 to schedule an appointment.

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