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Health Highlights: Oct. 17, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

PepsiCo to Cut Calories in Products

PepsiCo says it plans to cut calorie levels in its products, along amounts of saturated fat and salt.

On Monday, the company announced that by 2025, at least two-thirds of its beverages worldwide will have 100 calories or less from added sugars per 12-ounce serving, and that at least three-quarters of its food products will not have more than 1.1 grams of saturated fat per 100 calories, or more than 1.3 milligrams of salt per calorie.

The company said it expects sales of products that contain whole grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, protein and hydration to outpace the overall rate of sales growth.

PepsiCo also said it will offer at least three billion servings of nutritious foods and beverages to underserved communities and consumers.

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Biden to Submit Cancer Moonshot Final Report

The Obama administration's "cancer moonshot" initiative has advanced the fight against cancer but faces a number of significant challenges, Vice President Joe Biden will say in a final report to President Barack Obama on Monday.

The report will highlight a number of promising new government and private efforts meant to accelerate progress against cancer, but also list major challenges, including including poor coordination among researchers, "antiquated" funding methods and unacceptably slow release of important details about new treatments, according to the Washington Post.

Biden's report will also include recommendations on how to achieve research breakthroughs and improve patient care over the next five years.

That includes new funding approaches to encourage "high risk, high reward research," improved access to clinical trials, greater effort to reduce cancer disparities, and improved prevention and screening, the Post reported.

After he meets with Obama, Biden is scheduled to address cancer researchers, advocates and patients. Biden was appointed head of the cancer moonshot when it was announced in January.

The goal of the program is to achieve a decade's worth of progress against cancer in just five years, the Post reported.

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Male Breast Cancer Survivors Speak Out

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but male survivors of the disease say they're often overlooked.

"October should not be 100 percent pink. I'm trying to put a splash of blue in there," Michael Singer, a 56-year-old breast cancer survivor in the Bronx who is promoting Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week Oct. 16-22, told the New York Daily News.

Stephen Cone is a 66-year-old resident of Washington, D.C. who has battled breast cancer twice and feels excluded.

"It's like we're totally invisible," he told the Daily News. "Men [with breast cancer] are never mentioned by the NFL. We're not mentioned by Susan Komen. We're definitely not on the radar."

Breast cancer occurs about 100 times less often in men than women, but about 2,600 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, and 440 will die of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Unlike women, men haven't been educated about breast cancer detection so the disease is often found at a later stage, which leads to a lower survival rate among male breast cancer patients.

"There is this myth that men can't get it, so that leads to lumps and masses being ignored, and treatment and diagnosis is delayed, Dr. Paula Klein, an oncologist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, told the Daily News.

Men with breast cancer also have more difficultly finding support and face higher levels of stigma than women.

"Men, if you do get diagnosed with this, you are not alone," said Singer, who advocates for the American Cancer Society and the Male Breast Cancer Alliance, the Daily News reported. "You have that loneliness, and all of the fear and emotions running through you, but there are other men out there you can reach out and talk to."


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