Lifestyle Research Updates

November 2012                                                      

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books-cancernet"Lifestyle news updates" highlights research, 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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Conference updates

 White women meat eaters more at risk of breast cancer
acrylaminesA study presented at the American Institute for Cancer found that eating red meat and poultry seems to boost the risk of breast cancer in white women - but not black women. Based on data from 976 black women and 873 white women, it found that among white women, those who ate the most red meat and poultry seemed to have a higher breast cancer risk than those who ate the least  ..Diet & cancer 
 A new report showed that women who had a history of uterine cancer below 50 years had a four fold increased likelihood of a subsequent diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer screening with colonoscopy should be considered soon after diagnosis of endometrial cancer for all women. On the other hand a diagnosis of cancer of the womb after 50 did not affect the hazard for colorectal  cancer
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

High or very low hip to waist ratios effects survival after breast cancer

overweight A presentation at the American Association of Cancer Research showed that amoung 12,000 women with breast cancer, those who had a very high BMI or high waist-to-hip ratio had a 43% higher risk of death. On the other hand, compared to normal-weight women, underweight women also had a 47% increased overall risk of death.  The hip to waist ratio correlates with the highest level of abdominal fat and those with the highest ratios  had an increased risk for breast cancer death... Breast cancer.

New cancer hospitals being built in Iraq despite the troubles

iraqIn the first Iraqi cancer conference, guarded by tanks, blast walls and guards with kalashnikovs, oncologists announce a significant building programme of new cancer hospitals. It is hoped that if the security situation continues to improve the medical treatments for cancer patients will be as good as anywhere in the World within 2 years - more about the conference

    Vitamin D levels drop significantly in winter months

boneAccording to a study presented at the American Society for Clinical Pathology meeting, 28% of women monitors for chronic diseases had deficient levels of vitamin D in the winter and 33% had insufficient levels, compared with 5% and 38%, respectively, during the summer. A UK study published last year suggest this problem could be even worse in the UK - vitamin D guidelines 

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 (bee, 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).


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