AICR Welcomes Oncology Group’s New Position on Obesity

obesity-and-cancerToday, in a bold position paper published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology alerted its members and the public to the clear and convincing link between obesity and cancer, and outlined a strategy for combating obesity that will help reduce cancer incidence in the years ahead.

“Obesity is a major, under-recognized contributor to the nation’s cancer toll and is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer,” reads the JCO paper.

We at AICR strongly agree, and officially welcome today’s development as important progress in much-needed prevention efforts that could save millions of American lives in the years ahead.

The reason this JCO position paper is so important is because oncologists stand on the front lines of our national battle against cancer, and are uniquely positioned to counsel patients about weight management.

The paper goes on to outline a series of new ASCO initiatives to:

1) increase education and awareness of the obesity-cancer link;

2) provide tools to help oncologist address obesity with their patients;

3) foster research to better understand how to best help their patients manage their weight, and;

4) advocate for policy to make the kind of societal changes that will make it easier for patients to manage their weight.

AICR is delighted to have ASCO officially weighing in on this vital area, and we are excited to offer any help we can. We’ve established the evidence base that shows that obesity increases the risk for eight different cancers. In the coming months and years, our ongoing analysis will likely find even more. In the meantime, we’ve developed interactive tools, brochures and infographics to raise awareness about the obesity-cancer link, and evidence-based advice for individuals on how to lose weight and lower their risk.

But the statistics are stark, and they challenge before us is great. It will take all of us working together to combat obesity and the chronic diseases that follow on from it. We are grateful to have an old ally officially declare itself and join us in the fight.


Study: Social Network Sharing Helps Weight Loss

If you’re like 75 percent of American adults who are online, you’re already using social network sites like Facebook, and you may be using other online tools to track activities. Now a new analysis of current evidence suggests that doctors and other providers using similar tools may help patients stay in touch, stay on target and stay in shape.Happy Seniors Couple With Tablet Pc In The Park

Diverse and innovative approaches that help people achieve a healthier weight could lead to thousands of fewer cases of cancer every year in the U.S. because excess body fat increases risk for 8 cancers, including those of the colorectum and breast (postmenopausal).

Published in the September issue of the journal Health Affairs, the researchers conducted an analysis of 12 studies to determine whether online social networking between health care providers and their overweight and obese patients can help with weight loss. Continue reading


Friends, Family and Weight Loss: How You Can Help Me

Last week Sonja helped us with choosing apps for keeping food records – one strategy research shows is key for successful weight loss. Another crucial piece to the weight management puzzle – and making healthier choices – is being able to rely on support from family, friends and colleagues.Two Overweight Women On Diet Eating Healthy Meal In Kitchen

That’s important because getting to and staying a healthy weight is AICR’s first recommendation for cancer prevention. Too much body fat increases risk for eight cancers, including colorectal, postmenopausal breast, and endometrial cancers.

When you experience a setback in your weight loss efforts, you might think you just need more willpower or to be mentally stronger, but research shows that even with our best efforts, those around us affect our weight loss success. I saw that dynamic in action too many times in my work with college students trying to lose weight. They’d be making progress with eating less junk food or finding ways to be more active, and then time at home with family and friends could quickly seem to undo the good work.

But you can change that. You may be starting new habits this fall making positive eating or activity changes, so how can you make sure you have the support you need? Here are 3 tips to help you garner positive help from those around you: Continue reading