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My Small Change: Lifestyle and Cancer

On the rare occasions that we allow ourselves to think about cancer and our risk of developing it, most of us resign ourselves to it being an inevitable consequence of genes and some of our bad habits such as smoking or our desire to catch some sunrays for a bronzed glow. However, few of us take heed of the fact that a large proportion of cancers are entirely preventable by appropriate food, nutrition, physical activity and body fat.

 

By 2017, it should now go without saying that smoking is a major risk factor for a large amount of cancers – it causes 90% of lung cancers and is implicated in many others. In fact, The World Health Organisation (WHO) tobacco as the greatest avoidable risk of developing cancer. However quitting smoking is just one lifestyle factor that can reduce your risk. There are so many other smaller ways that you can be proactive and help reduce your risk.

 

Our newest video, Lifestyle and Cancer, aims to educate the public on the small changes everyone can make in our day to day lives to help reduce our risk of developing cancer. Click on the image below to watch:

 

‘Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the prevention of cancer: a global perspective’ or, the ‘bible’ on diet and cancer is an expert report prepared by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) that is endorsed by the WHO and several other renowned international bodies. The expert report represents the cumulative efforts of 200 scientists who reviewed the evidence linking diet to 17 different forms of cancer.

 

Half a million studies were reviewed and whittled down to the 7,000 most relevant scientific studies and are consolidated and rated in the report, and it has the all the cancer prevention tips you need!

 

The WCRF report highlights 8 key recommendations for cancer prevention:

  1. Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  2. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day
  3. Limit consumption of energy dense foods and avoid sugary drinks.
  4. Eat mostly foods of plant origin.
  5. Limit consumption of red meats and avoid processed meats.
  6. Limit Alcohol. If consumed at all, limit to 2 drinks for men & 1 for women/day.
  7. Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt.
  8. Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer.

 

For further details on these recommendations and specific guides to follow can be found at http://www.wcrf.org/int/research-we-fund/our-cancer-prevention-recommendations.

 

The more we know about these small changes and the direct link they have to our cancer risk, the more likely we are to adjust our lifestyle. Really, it is rather empowering to know there are scientifically proven ways we can personally get involved in our own cancer prevention.

 

Well, I’ve picked #mysmallchange… what’s yours?

 

 

To read more about our My Small Change campaign click here

 

 

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