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April 2013                                                     

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books "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, well-being after treatments and reduce the risk of relapse.  


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Follow us on Twitter Smoking after colon cancer increases relapse rate

study quit smokingpublished online in the JCO found that among patients who had colon cancer surgery, a significantly higher proportion relapsed if they continued to smoke. Amanda Phipps, the study's lead author from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues previously concluded smokers with colon cancer had an increased chance of dying of any cause compared to non-smokers, but their most recent study showed it is also relevant for recurrence. Tips to quit smoking

Follow us on Twitter The NCRI approved National Pomi-T trial will be presented at ASCO 2013

pomi-t A World's biggest randominsed double blind placebo controlled study looking at the benefits of a polyphenol rich whole food supplement (Pomi-T) for men with prostate cancer will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in June this year, as a full oral presentation - read more about the Pomi-t study

Follow us on Twitter  Obesity linked to low vitamin D levels

fat lady A study conducted by the British Heart Foundation and the Medical Research Council found that overweight individuals have lower vitamin D levels as the fat cells preferentially absorb it (Vimaleswaran et al 2013). Low Vitamin D is linked to a higher cancer risk so if you are overweight take particular care to maintain vitamin levels - More about - More about vitamin D guidelines

Follow us on Twitter  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 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.
Follow us on Twitter Milk products - evidence that increased intake increases breast cancer relapse rates
dairy products
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute looked at the dietary habits of nearly 1,900 women diagnosed with early-stage, breast cancer between 1997 - 2000. They found that those who consumed one or more servings per day of high-fat dairy products - such as whole milk and cream, condensed or evaporated milk, ice cream and custards - had a 49% increased risk of dying from breast cancer than those patients who limited their intake - more about diet and cancer
Follow us on Twitter  Exercise prevents prostate cancer - further evidence

swimming cancernetMen, particularly, Caucasian origin,  who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer and especially have a lower risk of the aggressive high-grade disease. The study involving 300 men undergoing transrectal biopsy was published online in Cancer. Investigators from the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Centre found that 9 MET hours a week reduced the risk by 49% - more about exercise and cancer 

Follow us on Twitter  Avoid heating plastic containers with food
chemicalsA study from, Taiwan published in JAMA internal Medicine found that serving hot food on melamine tableware could increase your exposure to this chemical. The same risks apply if food is microwaved in plastic containers - The study did not link the amount of melamine measured in the urine with health risks but the FDA have already cautioned that long-term exposure to the chemical could pose health risks such as kidneys stones and an increased cancer risk has been found in animal studies - more about how to avoid carcinogens
Follow us on Twitter   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
Follow us on Twitter   Chapped lips worse during chemotherapy and linked cold sore
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
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 

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 2011 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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