Lifestyle Research Updates

October 2012                                                          

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processed meat"Lifestyle news updates" highlights research from around the World which improves our understanding of how lifestyle can influence the risk of cancer, our well being after treatmentsreduce the risk of relapse.  


This months issue features examples of carcinogens in our environment and diet.

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What are carcinogens?                                 

chemicalsCarcinogens are the chemicals we are exposed to in our environment which increase our risk of cancer.


There are many different types ranging from ones which directly damage and rearrange our genes in our our DNA (eg acrylamine) to oestrogenic chemicals (xenoestrogens) promote uncontrolled growth in hormone sensitive tissues such as breast uterus and ovary.  

Excess salt intake increases stomach cancer risk

saltThe World Cancer Research Fund published a report linking high salty diets to an increased risk of stomach cancer. The study involved a review of dietary habits in a large European population and concluded that one in seven stomach cancers would be prevented if people kept to resonable levels. As well as stopping the habit of adding salf to meals, it is advisable to cutting back on salty foods such as crisps, bacon, bread and even breakfast cereals - download a free chapter from Lifestyle after Cancer - avoiding carcinogens

    Sugar intake and diabetes increase cancer risk

sugarA large study presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium found, that women who'd been given a diagnosis of diabetes in the last four years had a 37% higher risk of developing breast cancer and a 55% great risk if they were also overweight. Another study published in the BJC found a direct correlation between higher levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factors and the risk of colo-rectal cancer. People who have a history of obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and excess processes sugar intake, from sweets, cakes etc have a higher risk of developing diabetes.  read more about lifestyle and cancer


Heterocyclic amines and acylamides are potent carcinogens
acrylaminesHeterocyclic amines (HCA), found in abundance in barbecued, processed and fried meat, are known to damage DNA causing carcinogenic mutations in laboratory experiments. Studies in human populations have suggest that HCAs are behind the observed association between meat consumption and cancers of the pancreas, prostate, breast and bowel. HCA levels can be reduced by lowering cooking time and temperatures, avoiding burning and marinating in herbs and spices added anti-oxidants helping to counterbalance the carcinogens.. ensure your anti-oxidant enzymes are functioning well
Alcohol intake increases breast cancer risk - especially if relatives have cancer

alcoholWomen with breast cancer often ask "What should I advise my daughters? Well this study of 9037 girls published in The Journal of Cancer strongly suggests - don't drink. Teenage girls who drink alcohol and have a family history of breast cancer doubled there risk of developing breast cancer themselves. ..more about alcohol and cancer

Pan frying or barbequing meat increases prostate cancer risk
burnt foodA study from the Keck School of Medicine at USC published in the journal Carcinogenesis examined data on 2,000 men found that men who ate more than 1.5 servings of pan-fried red meat per week increased their risk of advanced prostate cancer by 30%  In addition, men who ate more than 2.5 servings of red meat cooked at high temperatures such as on the BBQ were 40% more likely to have advanced prostate cancer...more about diet and cancer
talcResearchers from the American Association for Cancer Research data from >2,000 women with ovarian cancer and a similar number of women without the cancer. After taking into account the other risk factors, talc use was associated with an increased prevalence of all common types of ovarian cancer - the magnitude of the difference ranged between 20% and 40%. - read more about lifestyle and cancer 


marjuanaMen who have smoked marijuana are twice as likely to be diagnosed with testicular cancer than men who have never done so, according to a study published in Cancer. Investigators compared 163 men who had been diagnosed with testicular cancer to 292 men (of similar ages and race/ethnicity) who had not.

 Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher risk of Colorectal Cancer:
sunbathing A Systematic Review of Prospective Studies  published in the JCO (Ma et al 2011 29:3775-3782 ) evaluated nine studies which analysed Vitamin D intake and serumblood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D].  The pooled results indicated  Vitamin D deficiency levels were inversely associated with the risk of colorectal cancer in this meta-analysis - meausre your vitamin D levels
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

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