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 booksWe highlight research, resources from around the World which improve our understanding of how lifestyle can influence the risk of cancer, well-being and reducen the risk of relapse after treatments.  


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Follow us on Twitter Aspirin appears only helps people with certain genes 
calcium vit dStudies have shown that regular low does aspirin helps reduce the risk of bowel cancer relapse. It does have its down sides particularly indigestion so it is not universally recommended. A recent study presented at ASCO GI showed that its regular  use did not improve outcomes among patients with colorectal cancers with mutations of the PIK3CA gene. This is another example of how genetic testing may be able to direct adjuvant (lifestyle) interventions - read more
 Follow us on Twitter Study show how genetics and lifestyle have important interactions 
 drinkingA paper published in the American Journal of Pathology  has relieved a fascinating insight into how some people are more susceptible to carcinogens than others - in this case acetaldehyde, a by-product of alcohol. Cells with the genetic mutations of BRCA2 and PALB2 found it difficult to repair the damage caused by this chemical whereas those without the defects repaired the damage - More about alcohol and cancer
Follow us on Twitter Mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy help insomnia  
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A study 111 cancer patients with insomnia were randomly assigned to a cognitive-behavioral therapy program consisting of eight weekly 90-minute sessions or a mindfulness-based stress reduction program consisting of eight weekly 90-minute sessions and a 6-hour weekend silent retreat - The results showed a significant improvement in sleep patterns in both groups  - read more


Follow us on Twitter Yoga reduces markers of inflammation and helps fatigue

The csp programme An RCT from Ohio involved 12 weeks of a yoga intervention or standard follow up for 200 women with breast cancer. It showed a significant reduction in markers of inflammation including interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), and interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and improvements in  vitality and fatigue scales - find a yoga class in your area

Follow us on Twitter Pomi-T study given prominent exposure on Channel 5 news after NCRI conference

pomi-t-green A further analysis of the double blind RCT Pomi-T study presented at the NCRI conference last November again generated strong interest from the media


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This new data showed that men on the polyphenol rich whole food supplement  were 30% more likely to stay on surveillance compared to placebo ..More about study 

Follow us on Twitter New iphone app launched to calculate and display PSA doubling time 
The rate of rise of PSA (potential PSA doubling time - PSAdt) is a much more sensitive measure of disease progression over a single level. The trouble, is it is difficult to calculate especially with varying time points between assays. This novel iphone app calculates the PSAdt within seconds. Not only that it produces an easily readable graph of both the PSA and PSAdt so you can easily see if an intervention is working - you can then email the graph to a computer to print out or physician to aid discussion - read more
Follow us on Twitter Smoking after cancer diagnosis substantially increases death risk
quit smokingResearch published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention looked at  1,600 participants had been diagnosed with cancer. They found that compared to men who did not smoke after a cancer diagnosis, those who smoked after diagnosis had a 59 percent higher risk of death from all causes. The association for lung cancer but was also seen in those with stomach cancer, colorectal and bladder cancer - help to quit
Follow us on Twitter Obesity and smoking linked to breast implant failure
breast pain Research published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons showed that women who were obese or smoked had a three fold higher rate of failure following breast reconstructive surgery. What's more, the study  involving15,000 women, aged 40 to 60, showed that this failure rate occurred soon after surgery requiring implant loss and re-surgery. Authors suggest it is very important that all women stop smoking before surgery particularly those who are overweight. - Lifestyle tips to loose weight


  Follow us on Twitter Could broccoli help restore joint health? 


sts on mice and cells showed that a chemical present not just in broccoli but also in Brussels sprout and cabbage called glucoraphanin is taken by our body and turns it into sulforaphane, a compound that can protect our joints. Researchers will ask 20 volunteers to eat super-dosed broccoli, a cross between a regular broccoli and a wild relative from Sicily, everyday before surgeons will repair their badly arthritic knees.

  Follow us on Twitter Broccoli positively effects your genetic expression 


Study shows that the healthy polyphenols and phytochemicals in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables alters the way our genes are expressed - damping down the genes that promote cancer and promoting the genes that fight it - see a video about the trial

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 Cancer The 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 after cancer  Order online


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