AICR’s launch of Third Expert Report – Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: A Global Perspective, came with a set of new ten Cancer Prevention Recommendations. After reviewing the vast volume of research examining the links between diet, weight and physical activity, and cancer prevention and survival, one of the recommendations from experts in the field is to be a healthy weight. It says, “Next to not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. Aim to be at the lower end of the healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) range.”
The greater the extent of overweight and obesity, the greater the risk of cancer. Obesity affects at least one-third of Americans, raising their risk for cancer. Too much body weight is linked to at least 12 types of cancer.
June is Men’s Health Month! We use this month to raise awareness of preventable cancers among men. Today, over 90 percent of prostate cancers are diagnosed at an early stage. Earlier detection, combined with more effective treatment, has made prostate cancer more survivable than ever.
Eating patterns are a key element in the cancer prevention message of the new American Institute for Cancer Research Third Expert Report. Recognition of eating patterns as a bottom-line strategy for health has been one of the major nutrition research advances in recent years.
What does this concept of eating patterns mean for your efforts to eat healthfully? It can seem a little confusing, especially if you’re surrounded by information focused on details of specific foods or nutrients as either essential or forbidden for healthy eating.