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 booksWe aim to highlight research and resources from around the World which improve our understanding of lifestyle and cancer; how it can improve our well-being and reduce our risks before and after diagnosis.  


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 Follow us on Twitter Super foods - are they fact or myth?

food ITV are running a 1 hour documentary this Thursday 21st August 2014 at 7.30pm. The ITV team will explore what is meant by a superfood and whether the evidence and health claims are fact or myth - itvplayer


Follow us on Twitter One  in ten people still smoke after cancer
quit smoking Despite the strong evidence to show that people who do not quit after cancer have nearly double the risk of relapse, a new study reveals some disturbing smoking patterns. Researchers from the American Cancer Society (ACS) performed a cross-sectional analysis of 2,938 survivors of 10 cancer types and found that 1:10 still smoked especially if young and less educated - more 


Pomi-T Study



This excellent film explains the underlying mechanism of how polyphenols rich foods could potentially work together to flight cancer 

 Follow us on Twitter Overweight women get particular benefit from daily aspirin


Researchers from the University of Texas followed 440, ER positive, overweight breast cancer survivors for 7 years. Those you happened to take anti-inflammatory pain medications or aspirin regularly, had half the relapse rate of those who did not (6% versus 12%) - more


Follow us on Twitter Styrene food containers found to have potential carcinogenic properties

Styrene, food containers have recently come under the spot light as they have been found to have possible carcinogenic properties. The plastic commonly used for food containers  contains chemicals which mimic oestrogen. Environmental oestrogen, although on present in small amount, are increasing becoming a concern as they have been linked to breast, endometrial, ovarian and testicular cancers- about xenoestrogens

Follow us on Twitter Further evidence that a healthy diet reduces breast cancer relapse risk

green tea A prospective follow up study of 2522 postmenopausal women treated with breast cancer was performed in Germany between 2001-9. They found that eating a healthy diet (high vegetables, fruit, vegetable oils, and polyphenol rich herbs and spices) improved their overall mortality and reduced their relapse rate. (BJC, 108,188-92) - more about polyphenol rich diets


 Follow us on Twitter PSA relapse after treatment - delaying hormones is safe and allows lifestyle interventions


blood tests A study involving 14,000 men, 2,012 of whom had a PSA relapse after radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy suggested deferred anti-androgen therapy is better than immediate intervention. The Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor, showed men who deferred up to 2 years until they presented with metastasis, symptoms, or a short PSA doubling time had a better qol and no difference in survival. This also allows for lifestyle interventions such as Pomi-T which showed that PSA progression slowed precisely in this group - more 


 Follow us on Twitter Fish intake and exercise reduces the relapse rate after bowel cancer

fish A multinational study involving 1,515 colon cancer patients from was published recently by a team from Michigan State University. Researchers asked patients about their diet, exercise habits, and whether they smoked or consumed alcohol. They found that people who eat fish less than twice a week or exercised for less than an hour each week were about 2.5 times more likely to have a recurrence of their colon cancer after their initial treatments finished. - read more

Follow us on Twitter Stopping statins in patients with advanced cancer has several advantages

calcium vit d Stopping statins in patients with advanced cancer resulted in improved overall quality of life, no increased deaths and saved money. This study presented at ASCO, from the University of Colorado Cancer Centre, studied 381 patients who faced the likelihood of dying within a year. Among the 192 study patients who stopped their statins, most had a better survival and had less tablets to take. The saving of 440 multiplied across the whole NHS would save millions per year  -read more

 Follow us on Twitter New study sheds more light on risk of skin cancer after sun exposure

A large study of women investigated the effect of sun exposure in adulthood and early life. Those who had at least five blistering sunburns when they were 15 to 20 years old had a 68% increased risk for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, and an 80% increased risk for melanoma. Those who were exposed to the highest amounts of cumulative ultraviolet radiation in adulthood had no increased risk for melanoma, but had a 2.4-fold increased risk for developing basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. - about sensible sun exposure

Follow us on Twitter New iphone app make it easier 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. 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
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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