Will losing weight lower your cancer risk? It can.

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Many people think that whether or not you get cancer is just luck of the draw. Or, that your chances are determined by genes you inherit from your parents.

Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD.

While there is some randomness to who develops cancer, and genes are important, a new awareness survey suggests most people don’t know about  lifestyle and health characteristics that affect your risk for cancer. Several of these can be reversed.

We’ve known for many years that being overweight or obese increases risk for several types of cancer, including cancers of the colon, rectum, endometrium, liver, kidney, breast (in postmenopausal women), gallbladder, pancreas, and some parts of the stomach, ovary, and esophagus. Obesity also increases risk for developing advanced prostate cancer, the most dangerous stage of this cancer. Some newer studies suggest that obesity also increases risk for thyroid cancer and for some cancers of the blood, lymph, and nervous systems. Read more… “Will losing weight lower your cancer risk? It can.”

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    For World Cancer Day, how physical activity can lower your cancer risk

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    Globally, cancer is a leading cause of death and the statistics are sobering.  Worldwide cases of cancer are predicted to reach 21.7 million by 2030.

    Today on World Cancer Day – and throughout Cancer Prevention Month – one big theme is about getting individuals to play a more active role in reducing their cancer risk. Being active is an important way to do that, and that’s the theme for World Cancer Day.

    You surely know that exercise is good for you, but what most Americans don’t know is that being active actually decreases your cancer risk.

    Our 8th Cancer Awareness Survey, released this week, showed that only 39 percent of Americans know that inactivity relates to cancer risk. And it does.

    Read more… “For World Cancer Day, how physical activity can lower your cancer risk”

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      Five minute chat, a few dollars can up families fruit/veggie intake

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      Eating vegetables and fruit are key to a healthy, cancer-protective diet, yet few Americans meet the daily serving recommendations, with low-income consumers finding it especially difficult. But a recent study demonstrated how a brief discussion combined with a $10 voucher incentive could modestly boost families’ vegetable and fruit consumption.

      Even a modest improvement in diet is important for cancer and other chronic disease prevention. Independent studies have shown people can live longer and lower their risk for breast and prostate cancers when following more of AICR’s recommendations, including a plant-based diet. Read more… “Five minute chat, a few dollars can up families fruit/veggie intake”

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