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May 9, 2010

New recommendations for cancer prevention

Note: These recommendations are for everybody, but people with HIV are at higher risk of many kinds of cancer. Be careful of the recommendation on cooking meat; undercooking may be the greater danger for people with immune deficiency. JSJ

Op-Ed Columnist - New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer - "To help people manage the uncertainty prudently, the report has a section of recommendations for individuals:

* Particularly when pregnant and when children are small, choose foods, toys and garden products with fewer endocrine disruptors or other toxins. (Information about products is at or

* For those whose jobs may expose them to chemicals, remove shoes when entering the house and wash work clothes separately from the rest of the laundry.

* Filter drinking water.

* Store water in glass or stainless steel containers, or in plastics that don’t contain BPA or phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastics). Microwave food in ceramic or glass containers.

* Give preference to food grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers and growth hormones. Avoid meats that are cooked well-done.

* Check radon levels in your home. Radon is a natural source of radiation linked to cancer."

Note: To download the original report, click