Cancer Prevention Guidelines

Cancer Prevention Guidelines

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have established guidelines that they say could significantly reduce the risk of dying prematurely. The results of a study described in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (online 03-04-13) suggests that following these guidelines really works! European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Study A team of European researchers examined data from 378,864 people, which included men and women between the ages of 25 and 70. During the study (1992-2000) men were scored on their adherence to six WCRF/AICR recommendations (see image to the left). Women were scored on the same criteria, with the addition of breastfeeding their infants for up to six months. Over a median of 12.8 years, 23,828 deaths occurred. Among men whose scores were highest at 5-6 points and women who scored 6-7 points, the risk of dying over follow-up was 34 percent less than those whose scores were lowest at 0-2 points for men and 0-3 points for women The reduction was greatest for respiratory disease, followed by circulatory disease and cancer Each point increase was associated with a 13 percent lower risk of dying over the follow-up period “Results of this study suggest that following WCRF/AICR recommendations could significantly increase longevity,” authors Anne-Claire Vergnaud and colleagues conclude. My Thoughts I think, for the most part, these guidelines are very doable. Here’s my take: Daily physical activity is certainly a healthy habit you want to cultivate, and this coupled with choosing high quality, nutrient-dense foods will ensure your body maintains a healthy weight Avoid energy-dense, nutrient-less items masquerading as food – they are highly...
Olivia Newton-John Wholistic Cancer Centre

Olivia Newton-John Wholistic Cancer Centre

Olivia Newton-John had to travel far and wide for acupuncture and massages to complement her chemotherapy and radiology in her battle with breast cancer – a burden she hopes others, particularly those in the public hospital system, won’t have to endure after the opening of a treatment centre bearing her name at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital. The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre will combine research laboratories, clinical treatment and complementary therapies in a one stop shop aimed at attacking cancer from all angles. Patients will be able to join singalongs in a dedicated music room, take a yoga class or enjoy a massage in combination with their chemotherapy. Cutting the ribbon on the centre on Friday, Newton-John said complementary therapies were an underrated component in the fight against cancer, which began for her with a diagnosis in 1992. “I had to find it myself and go to different places or have them come to me,” she said. “I was lucky I could do that but most people can’t so that’s why this is wonderful. It’s actually more than I ever could have pictured or dreamed of.” The Australian entertainment icon said she was inspired to join the project after experiencing limitations in her own treatment regime. “I knew what a gap there was in the delivery of truly wholistic cancer care and how much there was a need for a cancer centre and a philosophy that gives equal support to patient wellbeing as it does to surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and research,” she said. The $180 million centre began as a $50 million project in 2002. Newton-John has spent the best part...