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4 in 10 Cancers are Preventable with Lifestyle Alteration

4 in 10 Cancers are Preventable with Lifestyle Alteration
4 in 10 Cancers are Preventable with Lifestyle Alteration

Early detection greatly improves the success rate of cancer immunotherapy, but wouldn’t it be better if cancer never developed in the first place? A recent report out of the United Kingdom shows that nearly 40 percent of cancer diagnoses in that nation could be prevented with healthy lifestyle changes.

Tobacco: #1 Preventable Cause of Cancer

In March 2018, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) published a study concerning preventable causes of cancer. Based on the data, they determined that nearly four out of 10 cancer cases could be prevented. That translates to more than 2,500 new cancer diagnoses per week in the UK.

Exposure to tobacco smoke, which accounts for 15 percent of cancer cases in the UK, continued to lead the list of preventable causes. The next two factors were obesity and UV radiation exposure from the sun or tanning beds.

Changing Public Beliefs and Behaviors

CRUK’s research team applauded public anti-smoking measures such as advertising restrictions and taxes on tobacco products. They also urged similar actions to help fight the shifting trend toward overeating and obesity.

While obesity currently accounts for just over six percent of cancer cases, making it a distant second to tobacco smoke, the team cautioned that excess weight has the potential to become “the new smoking.” Prof. Linda Bauld of KRUK cited the increasing acceptability of obesity as the norm.

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Prevent Colon Cancer with Our Protective Diet Tips

Prevent Colon Cancer with Our Protective Diet Tips
Prevent Colon Cancer with Our Protective Diet Tips

The best cancer treatment can take place without even being diagnosed with the disease. Be proactive with diet and lifestyle changes to reduce your chances of developing colon cancer.

Tips to Prevent Colon Cancer

Dr. Charles Fuchs is the director of Yale Cancer Center. He recently appeared on local TV to promote Colon Cancer Awareness Month by offering these helpful tips to lower your risk:

– According to a recent Yale study, eating nuts can reduce the risk of colon cancer recurrence. More than 800 colon cancer patients completed a questionnaire about diet and lifestyle, and the responses showed that those who ate nuts regularly had a corresponding increase in their chances of a cure.

– Maintain a healthy weight. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that obesity-related cancers account for approximately 40 percent of all cancer diagnoses in the U.S. Limiting the amount of red meat in your diet can make a big difference.

– Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of cancer, and according to the National Cancer Institute, even moderate drinking is associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer.

Exercise regularly. Scientists believe physical activity can reduce the amount of time that harmful compounds are in the gastrointestinal tract.

– Get screened for colon cancer. Doctors recommend that adults 50 and over receive a colonoscopy every 10 years.

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Medicare Will Now Cover FDA-Approved Genomic Testing for Cancer Treatment

Medicare Will Now Cover FDA-Approved Genomic Testing for Cancer Treatment
Medicare Will Now Cover FDA-Approved Genomic Testing for Cancer Treatment

Genomic testing is an important tool that helps doctors determine whether or not a patient is a candidate for cancer immunotherapy treatment. Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) made the announcement that Medicare will now cover FDA-approved genetic tests to evaluate cancer.

Giving Patients Access to “Innovative Diagnostics”

Discussion on the issue began several months ago when Foundation Medicine received FDA approval for F1CDx, the first broad genomic cancer test of its kind. The current cost for for F1CDx is $5,800.

At the time of the announcement, CMS administrator Seema Verma issued a statement explaining the decision. CMS believes that it will give cancer patients “enhanced access and expanded coverage when it comes to innovative diagnostics.”

Coverage for genomic and molecular cancer tests that are still in development and not yet FDA-approved does not change with the new policy. U.S. regional Medicare administrative contractors will retain discretion in regards to payment for such testing.

Opening the Door to Accurate Evaluation

For the time being, Foundation Medicine will likely see a surge in the number of specimens submitted to them for testing. In the big picture, the CMS decision will encourage researchers to gather the evidence needed for FDA approval of additional tests.

Experts predict that within a few years another half-dozen companies will join Foundation Medicine in offering FDA-approved testing. One scientist called the decision a “major advancement for precision medicine.”

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The American Cancer Society Gives Tips on Healthy Living to Prevent Cancer

The American Cancer Society Gives Tips on Healthy Living to Prevent Cancer
The American Cancer Society Gives Tips on Healthy Living to Prevent Cancer

How proactive are you about your health? According to the American Cancer Society, the healthy living tips recommended for patients undergoing cancer treatment can also reduce the risk of developing cancer in the first place.

Good Nutrition and Physical Activity Can Reduce Cancer Risk

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, approximately 20 percent of cancer cases in the United States are connected to poor health habits, including obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and lack of nutrition.

Here’s a look at how you can start today to reduce your personal cancer risk.

1. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Excess weight puts hormones such as estrogen and insulin into overdrive, which can promote development of tumors. In addition to reducing cancer risk, maintaining a healthy weight prevents or controls diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other issues.

2. Be Physically Active

Exercise involves physical activity performed at a moderate or vigorous intensity. This can include gardening, walking and biking as well as more traditional forms such as sports and weight lifting. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week.

3. Follow a Nutritious Diet

– Avoid processed foods.

– Eat at least 2-1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables daily.

– Choose foods that are low in fat, sugar and calories.

– Cut back or eliminate refined carbohydrates in favor of whole-grain products.

– Eat smaller portions.

– Limit your intake of alcohol.

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American Cancer Society Guidelines for Nutrition and Exercise for Cancer Prevention

Excercise and Healthy Eating for Cancer Prevention
Exercise and Healthy Eating for Cancer Prevention

Have you made it a priority to watch your weight? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a healthy diet and physical activity are the most important cancer risk prevention factors after avoiding tobacco.

How much of a difference can nutrition and exercise make? The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that approximately 20 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States are related to excess weight and poor eating habits.

Reduce Cancer Risk with Healthy Habits

You may not be able to control your genetic makeup, but you can take steps to stay active and maintain a proper weight. Follow these guidelines offered by the ACS:

• Stay as lean as possible. If you’re overweight, even a modest weight loss can improve your health.

• Get a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times a week.

• Limit “screen time” with TVs, computers, video games and other sedentary activities.

• Practice portion control during mealtimes.

• Minimize consumption of red meat and processed meat. Eat at least five half-cup servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

• Avoid refined grain food items, such as white bread and white rice, that have little nutritional value. Opt for barley, brown rice, oatmeal and other whole-grain products.

• Daily alcohol intake should be limited to one drink for women and two drinks for men.

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Could Where You Live in Your Time Zone Affect Your Cancer Risk?

Does Your Time Zone Impact Cancer?
Tired When You Get Up? Could Your Time Zone Impact Cancer?

While the hour may be the same throughout a time zone, the degrees of sunlight and darkness are not. A recent study suggests that this quirk of nature may be linked to an increased cancer risk.

When Day Becomes Night

A research team at the National Cancer Institute was inspired by previous research showing slightly higher cancer risk among people who work the night shift. This finding was attributed to circadian disruption, which is a change in the body’s biological clock.

Shift workers experience extreme circadian disruption owing to almost complete reversal of day and night. The NCI researchers set out to see if the increased risk of cancer applied to minor disruptions in the body’s natural rhythms, referred to as social jet lag.

The most common example of social jet lag is rising at different times on work days and weekends, but the phenomenon also occurs with people living on either end of a time zone, where light and dark come at different times.

Effects of Social Jet Lag on Cancer Risk

After reviewing data from 4 million white adults who had been diagnosed with cancer, the NCI team found each five degrees of longitude toward the west resulted in an increased risk of three percent for men and four percent for women. Greater risk was also found specifically for breast cancer, prostate cancer and uterine cancer.

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