Lifestyle Research Updates

September 2012                                                              

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man yogaLifestyle updates highlights research from around the World which improve our understanding of how lifestyle can reduce the risk of cancer, help enhance our outcome after treatments and alleviate many of the side effects.  


This months issue features studies on the importance of dental hygiene, green tea, exercise, nutritional testing and natural balms.

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Poor dental hygiene linked to  higher risks of cancer

dental decay

A study from the  Karolinksa Institute Sweden has linked poor dental hygiene with a potentially higher risk of cancer. They followed 1,390 participants aged between 30 and 40 years old with good oral health with questionnaires for 24 years.  Greater levels of dental plaque were associated with a 79% increase in odds of dying of cancer. Although authors agree this link may be causal it certainly makes sense to ensure the mouth and teeth are kept healthy and clean. - Tips to keep teeth clean
Microb in dental plaque linked to bowel cancer
teeth plaque
Two studies published in Genome Research used cutting-edge metagenomics techniques to explore the pathogens present in colorectal cancer, they uncovered that the microbe Fusobacterium nucleatum could be implicated in colon cancer. This microb is associated with inflammatory and infectious diseases, including periodontal disease can be prevented by good dental hygiene. - Teeth and cancer
Modified green tea is being investigated as a treatment for skin cancer
green teaGreen Tea has long been thought to have cancer prevention properties but researchers have published a study, in the Journal Nanomedicine, which shows green tea can directly shrink cancers.  Scientist devised a targeted delivery system piggy-backing the tea extract on proteins that carry iron molecules, which are taken up by skin cancer tumours  - the lab tested a type of human skin cancer and showed 40%of tumours disappeared after a month of treatment, while an additional 30% shrank. Green tea extract is one of ingredients within Pomi-T being currently investigated in an ongoing UK RCT - the Pomi-T Study 
    Green tea consumptions linked to lower breast caner relapse
green teaA well conducted systematic review of clinical studies relating to green tea and breast cancer was recently published. Encompassing 5,617 cases of breast cancer, it found that women who drank green tea > 3 times a day had a statistically significant lower risk of relapse. Many women, however, do not like the taste of green tea especially three times a day making a case for green tea extract and other anti-oxidant rich supplements (e.g pomi-t) to boost the daily intake - read more about green tea
exercise A study published in the BMJ evaluated 34 randomised controlled trials from across the world [2]. Twenty two studies assessed aerobic exercise, and four also included resistance or strength training. Physical activity was associated with improvements in depression, fatigue and quality of life.  - read more about fatigue
The UK Exercise referral conference features the benefits of exercise and cancer 

The Wright Foundation Conference, this year, with feature backgroud evidence for the benefits of exercise and cancer as well as an update of their level four course for fitness and health professionals in Cancer rehabilitation. The conference is approved to CPD learning - read more 

exercise conference

Online micro-nutritional testing - optimise your nutritional status
nutritional testsMost top athletes measure their body's essential micro-nutrients to ensure they have the correct nutritional balance for optimal performance. These tests are now available for everyone especially those concerned about or who have survived cancer. A online micro-nutrient service has been developed by cancernet which measures over 50 of the bodies essential micro-nutrients and anti-cancer enzymes (read evidence base).  The results of the detailed blood test are issued with a comprehensive bespoke advice programme which empowers the recipient to a diet and lifestyle which corrects deficiencies and lowers excesses to restore optimal nutritional status - read more about micro-nutrient testing
 Higher levels of emotional and family support linked to better survival
reducing family arguementsFurther evidence for the benefits of psychological well-being was provided by a study involving 168 women with ovarian cancer, published recently in the prestigious JCO. Researchers reported that after nearly five years, a higher percentage of  patients who were classified as having strong emotional and family support were alive, compared to those with lower levels of emotional support. - Tips to reduce family arguments
 Preparing yourself for chemotherapy and radiotherapy reduces  anxiety and depression
chemotherapy and radiotherapy A RCT, published in the respected EJC, evaluated 220 patients who were about to receive cehmotherapy or radiotherapy [1]. Half were given a 22 minute film to take home and watch as many times as they like, with their families. The film, made with Sue Lawley and a multi-idsciplinary team of professionals, showed real patients going through treatments, describing their experiences and discussing strategies to relieve side effects. Compared to patient who were not given the film, being better prepared resulted in significantly lower anxiety and depression scores and better satisfaction - this study won the UK NHS communication prize - read more about the DVD
Polyphenol/antioxidant trial completes recruitment 10 months early
Pomi-T nutritional therapyThe national NCRN badged UK Pomi-T study has now completed the statistical power calculated recruitment target 10 months ahead of schedule.  201 men with early or relapsed prostate cancer have been randomised to placebo or a mix of 4 polypenol/anti-oxidant rich superfoods. The trial  was just been granted further approval from the UK ethics sponsored by Prostate Action and supported by the more about the Pomi-t study

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.




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)

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).


A new scheme is also now available to advocacy groups - The publishers are able to supply at cost price to groups who can sell on to members at a discount Contact us about joinng this scheme 


Read foreword by Paula Radcliffe Download a free Chapter - Avoiding carcinogens