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January 2013                                                     

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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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  Carotenoids in the diet linked to lower breast cancer rates
carrotsA new study published in the J National Can Institute found that women with diets high in carotenoids (micro-nutrients found in fruits & veg) have a lower risk of breast cancer - especially those with a poorer prognosis (ER -ve tumours). This was a meta analysis involving thousands of women within in 8 studies based on actual carotenoid blood levels and breast cancer. More about measuring your blood antioxidant levels
  Lignan rich foods associated with improved survival after breast cancer
linseedsA study (JCO) of 1,140 postmenopausal patients with breast cancer associated post diagnosis serum enterolactone (a biomarker for dietary lignans) with a better survival for women with ER-ve  breast cancer. Foods rich in lignans include linseeds, chick peas, green peas.  Milled or crushed linseeds are also excellent for a regular bowel movement, reducing cholesterol and a good source of omega 3, anti-oxidants and polyphenols 
  Curcurmin may have an anti cancer effect by inhibiting metastasis
turmericThe spread of tumour cells to secondary sites (metastasis) is a complex process that involves multiple, sequential steps. Vascular adhesion and extravasation of circulating tumor cells is one, critical step which curcumin has now been shown to block. A study from the University of Texas involved cancer cell lines, in the lab. Curcurmin demonstrated anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory properties and the affect on the expression of cell adhesion molecules was mostly by targeting the NF-κB transcription factor. Turmeric the yellow pigment in curcurmin is one of the ingredients in the national Pomi-t study.
 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 
   Women working in plastics factories linked to higher to breast cancer risk
plasticWomen working in jobs where they are exposed to certain hydrocarbon chemicals may have a greater risk of developing breast cancer. A study of more than 2,000 women found that those who worked for 10 years in jobs classified as highly exposed increased their risk by 42%. The jobs that were associated with the greatest breast cancer risk included plastic manufacturing for the auto industry, farming and metal working. - More about xenoestrogens 
 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.

    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 

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 for 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 

Forthcoming conferences concerning Lifestyle and cancer:
1. Bristol and beyond asbestos family support  - 8th March 2013 - Bristol Zoo
2. Worcester Prostate Cancer Conference - 5th FebruarySix ways Rugby Club