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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    What’s Missing in the Latest Diet Rankings? Best Cancer Prevention Diet

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    US News and World Report published its latest rankings of diets on the best ones for health, including for weight loss, diabetes and heart health. But with an estimated 1.6 million new cancer cases in 2016, the rankings missed an important category: cancer prevention.

    AICR – along with that of other major health organizations – now clearly recognize that diet plays an important role in reducing risk for many common cancers.

    AICR’s New American Plate is our nominee for Best Cancer Prevention Diet. AICR Recommendations for Cancer Prevention offer clear guidance on how diet affects cancer risk and the New American Plate is a model for putting those recommendations into practice. Read more… “What’s Missing in the Latest Diet Rankings? Best Cancer Prevention Diet”

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      Swap plant protein for meat, feel full and eat less later, study suggests

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      When you eat protein, the source of that protein can make a difference when it comes to cancer prevention: AICR recommends limiting red meat, avoiding processed meat, and eating a variety of plant foods including legumes such as beans.

      Now a study published in the journal Food & Nutrition Research suggests that getting your protein from plant-based foods may also provide benefits for appetite control.

      In this study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark fed 43 healthy young men who were normal weight or slightly overweight three different meals: a high protein meal based on legumes, a high protein meal based on meat, and a low protein meal based on legumes. Read more… “Swap plant protein for meat, feel full and eat less later, study suggests”

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