Cancer Awareness Month: Blood

Approximately every 3 minutes one person in the United States (US) is diagnosed with a blood cancer (source: In other words, by the time you finish reading this post, another person will be diagnosed. And if it takes you 9 minutes to read through the “Close Look” below, someone else will have died from Leukemia, Lymphoma, or Myeloma.

These kinds of numbers throw the importance of the issue into sharp relief.

Orange Sweet Potatoes

Give this interesting combination a try. It might just be your crowd pleaser at the Thanksgiving feast.

You’ll Need

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes or yams (about 2 pounds) or substitute one 23 ounce can
  • 6 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel (optional)


  • If you are not using canned sweet potatoes, you must first peel and boil the sweet potatoes until soft. Cut into 1/2-inch slices.
  • Heat remaining ingredients in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly.
  • Add sweet potatoes.
  • Stir gently until glazed and hot.

Cancer Awareness Month: Prostate

You’ve probably heard it said, “If you live long enough, you’ll get prostate cancer.” That’s because its onset is at least partially due to increased age, with the average age of diagnosis at 66 years old! (source:

And now that we have a test for it (the PSA), it is detected far more often — even when it is small and still benign (source: In fact, most men diagnosed with this disease do not die from it. This doesn’t mean it’s not a serious disease because it is, only that context is needed when talking about this particular cancer.

Cancer Awareness Month: Lung

This is stunning:

Worldwide, lung cancer is the most common malignancy and the most common cause of cancer deaths in the past few decades. In 2012, a total of 1.8 million new cases were estimated, accounting for 12.9% of all new cancer diagnoses. (source: And the single most important risk factor for all these deaths, as you might guess, is tobacco use.

Pumpkin Muffins

Cooking with pumpkins can be very nutritious and delicious. Here are some tips. First off it is always best to cook with smaller pumpkins as they yield more flavor. Cut the pumpkin in half, and scoop out the seeds and stringy bits and then place the halves cut-side down in a baking dish and bake at 350 until the flesh is soft. Scoop out the pulp and puree in a food processor and then it is ready to use. The puree can also be placed in the freezer at this time and used later on.

Yields: 24 standard size muffins

You’ll Need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat egg, sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth.
  • In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • Then add to the pumpkin mixture and mix well.
  • Fold in the nuts.
  • Fill greased or paper-line muffin cups three-fourths full
  • Bake for 16 to 20 minutes of until a toothpick can be stuck into a muffin and come out clean.
  • Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.


Cancer Awareness Month: Colon

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd most commonly occurring cancer in women, and the 3rd most commonly occurring in men (source: One key suspect in this particular cancer formation is processed meats, particularly those cured with nitrates and nitrites (current thoughts on cancer boosters and blockers here: