4 Ways to Decrease Risk of Cancer

4 Ways to Decrease Risk of Death From Cancer

According to the latest research approximately half of all cancer deaths in the USA could be prevented or even stalled from progressing if Americans would do four things in their everyday lives. If these measures were followed it would also reduce the number of new cases of cancer by 40% – 70%!

Making healthy lifestyle changes could cut into the growing epidemic of new cancer diagnoses and deaths every year. This is based on two long running research studies looking at cancer rates and health behaviors. In opposition to other research claiming 80% of cancers may be attributed to factors beyond our control, these studies show that bad behaviors trump bad luck as a cause of cancer.

Research suggests that the best way to fight cancer is by promoting health, and not investing in biomedical research to improve cancer vaccines and therapies.

Ways to decrease your risks:

  1. Quit Smoking: In the US, 1 out of 5 adults has a history of smoking.
  1. Cut back on alcohol consumption: 1 drink per day for women, and 2 drinks per day for men. Binge drinking is never considered a healthy lifestyle choice.
  1. Maintain a healthy weight: 38% of Americans are considered obese (BMI over 30). Many more are close to the cutoff point of having a BMI of 25, which is considered overweight if you exceed it.
  1. Get 150 minutes of exercise every week:5% of adults reported that they did not exercise out of regular job activities in the past month. And only 20% meet the government recommended standard for physical activity.

 

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REF:

LA Times “4 ways to halve cancer death risk” – Melissa Healy

Mammogram Research

Questions Surround Mammograms

There is a lot of news surrounding the use of mammograms for early detection of breast cancer and whether they help save lives. Many studies on this subject have been showing that mammograms have not lowered the rate of cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

The incidence of metastatic breast cancer that spreads to other areas of the body has remained almost unchanged since 1975. Data from the National Cancer Institute shows that the rate of new cases of this type has held steady at 20 per 100,000 women.

The idea behind screening for cancer is that you are able to catch tumors when they are smaller, and relatively easier to treat with positive outcomes. If this holds true then we should see fewer cancers after they have already spread. In the case of early detection for prostate cancer, this is true.

What may be happening: 

  • Perhaps mammograms are not good enough to detect metastatic cancer before it spreads.
  • By the time cancer can be detected, it has already become a systemic disease.

More studies and research need to be done to be sure screening programs are helpful, and are not exposing patients to unneeded and ineffective tests.

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REF:

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Tea & Thyroid

Tea & Thyroid Cancer

An interesting study was done in Greece in which researchers polled residents about their lifestyles (eating and drinking habits). What they found was that those who reported drinking chamomile tea over longer periods of time were less likely than others to develop thyroid malignancies and benign growths.

The Mediterranean diet has been shown through other studies to be preventative against many diseases, including cancer.

The researchers found that those who drank chamomile tea two to six times per week were 70% less likely to contract thyroid abnormalities.

Researchers looked at two other types of tea (sage tea and mountain tea), and although they reduce the likelihood of malignancies, they do not decrease its likelihood as much as chamomile.

More studies need to be conducted, and tea is not the panacea for cancer protection. A healthy lifestyle approach is the best practice to help reduce risks of disease.

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REF:

http://eurpub.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/04/03/eurpub.ckv063

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/21/us-chamomile-tea-thyroid-cancer-idUSKBN0NB2AX20150421