Lifestyle Research Updates

October-part 2  2012                                                      

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books-cancernet"Lifestyle news updates" highlights research news, resources and announcements from around the World which improves our understanding of how lifestyle can influence the risk of cancer, our well-being after treatments and reduce the risk of relapse.  


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 New clues on green tea's impact on prostate cancer
green teaA study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting found that men with prostate cancer who drank green tea had less prostate tissue inflammation, which is linked to cancer growth, than those who didn't drink it. This builds on previous Italian research that suggested that consuming green tea extract may help lower the risk that a precancerous condition will develop into full-blown prostate cancer. Green tea extract is one of the ingredients in the ongoing UK Pomi-T study
  Fatal combination of prostate cancer and metabolic symdrome
BMI Metabolic syndrome (High BMI, Blood pressure and glucose intolerance) did not seem to increase the risk of prostate cancer  according to a study published in Cancer. The analysis of 289,866 men within the "Me-Can" did however  reveal that high BP, BMI, and composite metabolic score did predict the risk of dying of prostate cancer, raising the odds by a significant 13% to 62%.
Source HaggstrÃm C, et al Cancer 2012;
Night shift workers at great risk of cancer

light bulbStudy in American Journal of Epidemiology links night shift to increased cancer risk.  Men who worked nights were x3 more likely to develop prostate cancer, x2 more likely to have bowel cancer and at a >70% risk of  lung and bladder cancer. This is felt to be associated with disturbances of the normal curcadian rhythm - For more environmental factors causing cancer download free chapter from Lifestyle after cancer

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

Iraq embrace self help strategies after cancer

Iraq cancerProfessor Robert Thomas, the chiar of the Macmillan exercise commitee will be first non Iraqi doctor to travel to the war torn counry to give a scientific presentation in their first Cancer Conference after the conflict. The conference is aiming to show the World that it is business as usual and re-enforce the message that the war is over. As well as an update on Breast cancer the talk will be highlighing the benefits of weight control, exercise, quitting smoking after cancer - more about the conference | Follow trip on twitter

    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


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 and Cancer - the facts

Lifestyle after CancerThe new edition of Lifestyle and 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 fir yourself or send to a friend or family member (£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