Lifestyle and cancer research updates     August 2015
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Youngest person to cycle round the world - raising money for cancer 

Tom Davies set out on the 17th Jan and is due to complete a 1800 miles record breaking solo cycle around the world journey on the 9th August in Balham. Racking up a muscle-burning 100 miles a day, Tom is raising money for Prostate Cancer UKCarney's Community, and The Sohana Research Fund, (supporting Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa). For more information, to view lots of inspiring lovely pictures from his route see Tom's website


Abundant  free organic superfood now available throughout UK

 Blackberries are packed with numerous healthy nutrients

including vitamins C, K and folate as well as phytochemicals including the polenolic group of polyphenols which have anticancer and cardio-protective properties. The polyphenol and antioxidant content of wild varieties is almost double that of farmed and what's more,  they not spayed with pesticides and herbicides - tips on blackberry picking

More evidence that sugary drinks lead to diabetes 

Regular consumption of sugary drinks was linked to onset of type 2 diabetes independent of obesity reports a new review from Cambridge University. Processed fruit juices and artificially sweetened drinks didn't appear to be any healthier. The paper, published in the BMJ, looked at 17 studies involving 38,000 cases and found that higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with an 18% increase in incidence of type 2 diabetes. This is concerning as there is a strong link between type 2 diabetes and cancer - read more


Selective nutritional supplements could save money for care homes 


A meta-analysis of 19 trials has suggested that more liberal use of good quality nutritional supplements could improved quality of life, reduced infections, reduced minor post-operative complications, reduced falls, and functional limitations. Of course better for patients but also the analysis suggested a significant cost-effectiveness benefit > read more


Vaginal douches expose women to oestrogen phthalates

 Vaginal douching expose users to chemicals known as phthalates (DEP), a study from Washington finds. DEP were found in urine in 739 women who were also surveyed about their use feminine care products. The more women douched, the higher levels. Phthalate are xenoestrogenic carcinogens so this raises concerns about this practice which does not offer any health benefits anyway - read more


Channel 4 Super foods highly recommended


For those of us interested in food and health this documentary series is highly recommended, especially the episode on the 13th July 2015 which highlights a remarkable story. It describes a remarkable case of a man with advanced hormone refractory prostate cancer who's wife saved him with broccoli soup - link to programme  | broccoli

Medical treatments for prostate cancer increase dementia risk 

A study from the Moffitt Cancer Centre, USA has shed more light on the risk of impaired cognitive function after starting androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). They found that intellect became significantly impaired by 6 months but was even worse at a year. Interestingly, age, cognitive reserve, depressive symptoms, fatigue, and hot flushes  did not moderate the risk. What was significant was a genetic susceptibility to dementia called GNB3 single-nucleotide polymorphism. Lifestyle tips to help your brain


Turmeric potentially enhances taxotere chemotherapy 

turmeric Turmeric has a number of potential anticancer properties ranging from slowing growth, increasing apoptosis, preventing the invasion and migration. These properties are specific to cancer not normal cells. The worry among oncologist is that it also has antioxidant properties which although good for fighting carcinogens could interfere with chemotherapy. A laboratory study actually showed the opposite; A turmeric taxotere combination was more effective at killing lung cancer cells than taxotere alone and had less damage to normal cells - read more

Strong correlation between PSA and MRI dynamics in men on Pomi-T


A study presented at MASSC Copenhagen provides further reassurance for men taking the food supplement Pomi-T . In this new study, men who continued Pomi-T long term had 2 high resolution MRI images a year apart. There was a 100% correlation between disease progression on MRI with a rising PSA This data strongly suggests that the PSA effect of Pomi-t correlates with disease on MRI see full poster


Pesticide exposure in pregnancy increases breast cancer risk later

Women who were exposed to higher levels of the potential carcinogen pesticide DDT in utero were nearly four times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer as adults than women who were exposed to lower levels before birth, according to a study published  in J Clin End & Met 

Probiotics help reduce chemotherapy induced diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is a side effect of irinotecan, FU and capecitabine chemotherapy. In a study presented at ASCO patients with bowel cancer starting chemo were randomised to probiotics or placebo. Individuals taking probiotics had a significant (17.4%) reduction in severe diarrhoea of grade 3-4 as well as reduction in overall risk of diarrhoea  see full poster. It is, however important to take probiotics produced to a high manufacturing stand with a broad spectrum of friendly bacteria - read more


Online micro-nutritional testing - optimise your nutritional status
blood tests Most 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. 

An online micro-nutrient service has been developed by cancernet which measures over 50 of the bodies essential micro-nutrients and anti-cancer enzymes.  

The results of the detailed blood test are issued with a 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 This latest 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


A new scheme is also now available to advocacy groups and hospitals - 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 

Read free sample chapter - Avoiding carcinogens 

Measure and plot your PSA doubling time (PSAdt)

 This application is useful for doctors and patients alike as it quickly and accurately calculates the rate of rise of two or more PSA blood measurements over time - more important measurement than an isolated single level.

This is particularly useful for men with prostate cancer managed with Active Surveillance or experiencing a PSA relapse after previous treatments. The PSA doubling time over any period of time is displayed in an easily readable graph so one can accurately see if it is shortening (bad) or lengthening (good) in response to lifestyle changes or oral supplements such as Pomi-T. The graph can be updated with each blood test and the results emailed to your home computer or doctor - read more