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January 16, 2008 • Cancer Prevention

Cancer — Don't Go There

A massive, new, landmark review of the most definitive science to date provides confirmation that we, as individuals, have enormous control over whether or not we will develop cancer.  Titled Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer:  a Global Perspective – the report was the most comprehensive ever undertaken to examine the impact of lifestyle choices on cancer risks.  Over a period of 5 years, hundreds of leading scientists from around the globe analyzed over 7000 large-scale studies to make their conclusions.  They summarized their findings by constructing the following “action plan” for cancer prevention.  Spread the word by forwarding this to all of your friends and love ones.   Please note that the first 3 are in order of importance following avoiding tobacco while 4-8 are in no particular order as they all appear on par with one another.

  1. Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight.
  2. Be physically active as part of everyday life.
  3. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods.  Avoid sugary drinks.
  4. Eat mostly foods of plant origin.
  5. Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat.
  6. Limit consumption of salt.  Avoid moldy cereals (grains) or pulses (legumes).
  7. Limit alcoholic drinks.
  8. Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone.

Special Population Recommendations

  1. Mothers to breastfeed; children to be breastfed.
  2. Cancer survivors to follow the recommendations above.

And always remember – do not smoke or chew tobacco. For more on cancer prevention go to www.preventcancer.org