Lifestyle and Cancer News Updates
March 2012

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Nutritional testsThis news update highlights published research, announcements and practical products from the international literature with the aim to improve our understanding of how lifestyle after cancer can help outcome and well being more

Sun beds and cancer risk  
sunbedsThe American Medical Association have evaluated a number of environmental studies and concluded that people who use tanning beds are 74% more likely than others to develop melanoma. This risk is particularly higher in teenagers who started the habit before 18 years. A further study published in the JCO in Feb 2012 also showed an increased risk of basal cell carcinomas. The American Academy of Pediatrics and WHO have called on a ban on under 18's from tanning salons. It is still important,however, to maintain adeqaute vitamin D levels through diet and sensible sun exposure - see lifestyle advice and vitamin D 
Airport scanners - are they safe?

airport scannersThe American College of Radiology's Safety Committee recently published the results of an investigation into the safety of airport scanners. It is known that every time you fly, you get some extra radiation due to your closer proximity to the sun. X-ray scans deliver radiation equivalent to around 2 minutes of flight time so a two hour flight gives you 60 times the radiation than the scan. 50 airport scans equals a single dental X-ray, 1000 scans is equivalent to a chest X-ray and 4000 scans equals a mammogram.  Putting the exposure in these terms reveals how tiny and insignificant it is  - read more about environmental carcinogens 

Exercise increases DNA repair proteins

exerciseA study from the University of California has demonstrated that men with  prostate cancer who exercise for > 3hrs / week increase their expression of tumour suppessor genes BRCA1 and BRAC2. They also increase expression of proteins which repair DNA. This upgrading of cancer defense mechanism implies exercise should be a vital component of survivorship after radical treatments as well as being highly relevant for men oin active surveillance. - more about exercise and cancer.

New sleep hygiene guidelines available
sleepSleeplessness affects over 80% of individuals after cancer yet very little lifestyle advice is usually given in oncology units. The cancernet editorial committee have teamed up with patients to collect their experiences of sleeping problems after cancer. This new guidance summarised importnt tips which could help you get a better nights sleep - sleep hygiene guidance
New eveidence for the anti-cancer effect of broccoli
broccoliResearch published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry has shown that compounds in broccoli called isothiocyanates target and block mutant p53 genes associated with cancer growth. They found that brocolli extract were capable of removing the defective p53 gene while leaving healthy versions of the gene alone. Broccli extra is one of the ingredients being tested in the NCRN approved pomi-t study - read more.
MacMillan support exercise to aid survivorship after cancer

macmillanMacmillan Cancer Support is putting its substantial weight behind the campaign to include exercise as an essential part of cancer recovery and rehabilitation after cancer treatments -see exercise campaign video

The NCRN double blind placebo RCT trial of pomi-T recruits 140 patients
ncrnPomi-T nutritional therapyA major UK study aiming, to find out if whole food supplements have an influence on cancer progression, is recruiting well after a strong start (now over 140). The placebo controlled study now has the support NCRN and funding by Prostate Action. This study, the first of many, involves men on active surveillance with prostate cancer has choosen a mix of pomegranate, brocccoli, green tea and turmeric as these food have some phase II data - combining these whole foods in specific formulation aims to enhance the anti-cancer effect whilse avoiding potential overload of one food source... Read more or follow the trial progress.
Exercise rehabilitation course - an continued outstanding success
wright foundationThe Wright Foundation, government recognised, qualification in cancer rehabilitation,  has forged a successful new path for UK survivorship programmes. This is a great step forward for cancer rehabilitation in the UK as gyms, who have an instructor with these level 4 skills, are now able to accept referrals on the nationall exercise referral scheme. Instructors with this qualification also have a another "quiver in their bow" and are able to take on private clients for individual rehab. The course empowering trainers with a knowledge of what, what and how exercise is pivotal for cancer survivors - to sign up or read more about the course 
Online micro-nutritional testing
nutritional testsThe online micro-nutrient service launched by cancernet is featured in this months Icon magazine. The test measures over 50 of the bodies essential micronutients, and the article described the evidence for the link between  deficiency or excess and the risk of cancer.  The results of the detailed blood test are issued with a comprehensive bespoke which aims to empowering the recipient to a diet and lifestyle which aims to optimise their nutritional balance - read more about micro-nutrient testing

Natural remedies aim to ease some of the burdon of chemotherapy.          

Chapped lips can occurs in up to 60% of people during chemotherapy yet this troublesome symptom is rarely mentioned in information materials. Chemotherapy also damages nails which can lead to pain and infection. Two natural products have been designed with these conditions in mind.


naturemedical balmnatureMedical lip remedy has been developed to moisturise and soothe the lips during and after chemotherapy. It containing only natural waxes and oils (bees, shea, cocoa, olive) and rare essential oils selected for their anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties - read lip care guidelines (order).




natureMedical nail balm aims to moisturising the nail beds and prevent splitting and defects. This cream uses 100% natural, organic waxes and African Sage which has anti-septic and anti-fungal nail care guidelines (order)

Lifestyle after Cancer - the facts

Lifestyle after CancerThe new edition of Lifestyle after Cancer dispells the myths by providing clear evidence based advice, to help readers cope with side effects, speed up recovey and reduce the risk of relapse. You can order  online or send to a friend or family (8.95).


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