Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Dr. Pan and Dr. Lee's Blog

Weighing in on Weight and Cancer

Feb 01, 2012

by Anzonette Pittet, RD (Registered Dietician)

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately two thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese. Research indicates that there is a strong association between obesity and increased risk for cancers of the colon, breast, endometrium, kidney, and esophagus. Excess weight is also likely to increase the risk of developing cancer of the cervix, gallbladder, ovaries, pancreas, thyroid, aggressive forms of prostate cancer, Hodgkins lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

Fat tissue is the main site of estrogen formation in men and postmenopausal women, and estrogen affects hormone levels and growth factors contributing to cancer risk and the likelihood of cancer recurrence. Low-grade chronic inflammation, often associated with obesity, can also promote cancer as well as other chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

With the dawn of a new year, many of us make resolutions to improve our health and well-being. If weight management is one of your goals, consider making the following lifestyle changes:


Regular physical activity—at least 150 minutes a week—can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce fatigue, and strengthen your immune system. Are you ready to take the first step?

Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise program to help choose a fitness plan that’s right for you.

Our WebCare for Healthy Weight and Online Health Coach programs can help give you the encouragement and tools you need to get started and stay on track.

Visit to connect to resources like the 10,000 Steps® walking program, HealthMedia® Balance™, Healthy Living classes, and more.


Healthy eating doesn’t mean denying yourself pleasure. Just remember to enjoy more fruits and vegetables, eat smaller portions, and drink fewer soft drinks and sweetened juices. Looking for more ideas?

Get tips and support for healthy food choices with our Online Health Coach.

You can download the podcast "In the Kitchen with Carole" and take a "tour" of your own kitchen with registered dietitian Carole Bartolotto to identify unhealthy foods and learn healthy alternatives.


Set realistic goals, starting with small steps you feel confident you can achieve.

Team up with a family member, friend, or group for support and motivation.

Make "rainy day" plans to stay on track when the weather doesn’t cooperate with your fitness plans.

Remember that small setbacks may happen, but it’s important to stay on target for your long-term goals.

We wish you a very happy and healthy New Year, and remind you that "a journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step" (Chinese proverb).

Additional References and Links:

Destination health: Stopping cancer before it starts

Focus on cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and research

2019 "Eat Well, Heal Well Live Well" Resources and Educational Session Links

Resources and educational links for our 2019 Seeds of Hope.

2018 Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Resources and Educational Session Links

Resources and educational links for our 2018 Seeds of Hope.

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