A recently published study suggests that over 80,000 cancer cases are caused by poor diet alone (independent of obesity, inactivity and other contributing risk factors) in the United States every year. Dr. Fang Fang Zhang, a cancer and nutrition researcher at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, set out to estimate the cancer burden associated with poor diet. Dr. Zhang, and her team relied heavily on the best available estimates of cancer risk associated with each aspects of diet; these estimates were provided by the Third Expert Report published by the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
A new study shows that although oncologists are very aware of the link between obesity and cancer, they often do not refer patients to weight management interventions. These findings result from a survey on the perceptions and practice behaviors of oncologists with regard to diet, physical activity, and weight management in people with cancer – during and after active treatment. The results of the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Oncology Workforce survey are published in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) and were first presented at the recent American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) 2019 Research Conference.
A message from the founders of the AICR iTHRIVE Plan
We are cancer survivors and we’ve lost loved ones to cancer. The creation of the iTHRIVE Plan is very personal to us. We have spent the past two decades educating people about thriving after cancer, but we wanted to find a way for people to use our plan without having to read a book or attend a presentation. We wanted it to be easy, fun and inspirational. AICR’s iTHRIVE online plan is the result of a dedicated team, outstanding technology, high-quality, evidence-based content, and a commitment to cancer survivors throughout the world. And we are thrilled that it’s making a difference.
Meet Janice, a 64-year-old HER2-positive breast cancer survivor. Janice was diagnosed in 1999 at a time when there was not much information available for her type of breast cancer. Since her diagnosis she has been proactive with her healthcare and her recovery.