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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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   Fish oil supplements protect the skin from sun damage
fish oilA study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition gave volunteers either an omega-3 supplement or a dummy placebo. Markers of their immunity were analysied after their exposure to sunshine. The group taking the fish oils had better immunity and were better able to ward off the potential harmful effects of sunshine. Although by no means conclusive proof of a protective effect this study adds to the evidence that omega-3 is a potential nutrient to protect against skin cancer. - measure your omega 3 levels
   Feelings of loneliness may lower immunity and reactivate herpes
cold soresSocial isolation is more common after cancer treatments. Being lonely does more than just make a person feel sad - loneliness can affect a person's physical health. A study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology involved 200 breast cancer survivors compared to individuals with more social connections. Those who said they felt lonely showed more inflammation in response to stress, and higher levels of reactivation of a latent herpes virus, which is a sign of poor immunity. These findings suggest that loneliness acts as a chronic source of stress that triggers a poorly controlled immune more
   Chapped lips worse during chemotherapy and linked to more cold sore episodes
sore lipsA study of 100 individuals receiving chemotherapy, published in Focus on Cancer Medicine

revealed a 41% increase incidence of chapped lips compared to before chemotherapy. Individuals with chapped lips also had a  2.5 increased risk of cold sores. Of the majority who used petroleum-based creams only 9% reported that they were helpful as opposed to 63% who used natural oil based balms - read more about lip care guidelines

   Breast pain after surgery and radiotherapy - worse in overweight, sedentarty women
breast painChronic breast pain can effect up to 30% of women after surgery and radiotherapy. It is already known that smokers are at a higher risk of pain but a recent study followed up1183 women treated for breast cancer for 30 months, 5 and 10 years. It found that women with BMI > 25 kg/m2 (overweight) who rarely peformed physical activity had significantly worse levels of breast discomfort and more
 Heating food in plastic containers increases release  of gener bending chemicals
plastic foodsA study, from Taiwan, reported in the  journal JAMA, which found that serving hot food on melamine tableware or microwaving food in plastic containers increases the exposure to melamine and other oestrogen plastic chemicals .  It detected traces of melamine in urine following consumption of noodle soup consumed from non-breakable melamine bowls. Although there is little human health data to adequately characterize the risk such exposure poses  but studies of melamine toxicity in animals indicate that ingestion can cause kidney stones, kidney damage and may induce cancer.--read more about xenoestrogens
   Women working in plastics factories linked to higher  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 
Chemotherapy induced nail damage antidote balm developed - study designed

nailsA randominsed double blind controlled study looking at an antidote for chemotherapy induced nail damage has been designed in partnership with a Cranfield University Msc graduate. The investigational balm uses natural plant based oils, containing no artificial chemicals, combined with essential oils selected for their anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and moisturizing properties. This will be compared to the usual commercially available synthetic based balms - read more about nail care guidelines 

  Lignan rich foods associated with improved survival after breast cancer
linseeds A 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
turmeric  The 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.
    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
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).


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