Lifestyle and cancer: are they related?
Lifestyle and cancer: there is a link. The positive influence of a healthy, adapted lifestyle on the response of cancer treatment and quality of life after diagnosis has been scientifically shown in several studies. At Esperity, we regularly point out the importance of lifestyle and its influence on quality of life, both before and after diagnosis.
The authorities, patient communities and organizations all contribute to promoting the actual trends concerning healthy lifestyle, such as consumption of pure, natural foodstuffs and physical activity. And with success, as many people have come to realize the impact of lifestyle on health.
Scientific studies indeed show a correlation between lifestyle and the development of cancer.
Recent studies & figures about lifestyle and cancer prevention
According to a new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), the link between cancer and lifestyle has been confirmed. They result in a list of 10 lifestyle recommendations to reduce the risk of cancer.
The new report, which is the third in series of 3, the two previous reports published in 1997 and 2007, reviews data from 51 million people.
It not only confirms the recommendations of the previous reports but the evidence is much stronger: the new report is based on much higher-quality data, mainly from prospective cohort studies and randomized controlled trials, said Dr. Nigel Brockton, co-author.
The 10 recommendations for lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of cancer
According to Dr Brockton, the following recommendations form the blueprint for healthy living to reduce the risk of cancer:
- The first recommendation is the maintenance of a healthy weight: according to the report, overweight or obesity is cause of at least 12 different cancers.
- The second two recommendations are : physical activity and a mainly plant based diet (rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruit, beans).
- The next four recommendations point mainly to the avoidance of tobacco consumption, and limitation of processed food consumption such as fast-foods, cutting down of sugar consumption (especially in softdrinks, starchy foods), as well as alcohol and red meat.
- The eight recommendation is to not use highly concentrated vitamin & mineral supplementation: balanced nutrient absorption should come frome using freshly prepared fresh foods.
- The last two recommendations are directed to specific subgroups of people:
- Young mothers: breastfeeding should be allowed for at least 6 months, whereafter slow introduction of freshly prepared foods.
- Patients already having received a cancer diagnosis: physical activity combined with healthy nutrition, both mental and physical, and trying to maintain a healthy bodyweight increase the chances of cancer survival.
Because we at Esperity attach a lot of importance to a healthy quality of life, we will continue in the future, to provide and repeat more guidelines, tips and advice about healthy living. Repetition ensures that the essence of information resonates: so that is what we will do.
We want to make sure that we provide as many tools and information as possible to assist you in making lifestyle changes and help you towards achieving a better quality of life.
E.g. … we’ll soon start with series about food tips, such as a smoothie a day, ideal to receive your daily portion of essential vitamins via fruit
World Cancer Research Fund / American Institute for Cancer Research.
Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. Washington DC: AICR, 2007
Medscape.com – WCRF Blueprint for lifestyle changes to prevent cancer
American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) – aicr.org
Date: 23 june 2018