From Space to Cancer Survivors, Applying Exercise Research to Protect Health

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Many cancer survivors and astronauts have something in common: their bodies can experience years of aging after only a few month of treatment – or space flight. Exercise can help, says Jessica Scott, PhD, a Principal Investigator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Before focusing on cancer patients, Scott worked at the Johnson Space Center, helping astronauts keep their heart and muscles healthy. Here, she talks about the emerging field of exercise-oncology and how applying the research related to astronauts can help survivors prevent or slow accelerated aging.

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    Diabetes After Age 50 Signals Risk of Pancreatic Cancer, New Study

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    Adults with type 2 diabetes face a lot of serious health disorders, including about twice the increased risk of pancreatic cancer as those without the disease. Pancreatic cancer is relatively rare but typically has poor survival, partly because it’s often not diagnosed until the late stages.
    Now a study suggests that the development of diabetes can be an early sign of pancreatic cancer for African-Americans and Latinos who are diagnosed with diabetes later in life. This study also confirms previous research, that having diabetes increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
    The study was published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    Diabetes is more common in African-Americans and Latinos than white individuals living in the US. African Americans also have higher rates of pancreatic cancer incidence and mortality than any other racial or ethnic group.

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      High Vitamin D Levels Linked to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

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      A new study adding to the large body of research on vitamin D and cancer suggests that higher blood levels of this vitamin link to lower colorectal cancer risk, especially among women. The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI).

      AICR’s latest report – an analysis of the global research published last month — found hints that vitamin D may lower colorectal cancer risk but there was not enough strong evidence to make any firm conclusion. It was categorized as limited-suggestive. This new study will be added to AICR/WCRF’s Continuous Update Project, a process that systematically collects then analyzes research related to how diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight link to cancer risk.

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