Cancer prevention and dietary choices

Cancer risk and treatment involves dietary changes away from the meat-heavy, sugar-rich, highly-processed and low-fibre modern diet.  This much is proven.

“…excess weight, poor diet and inadequate physical activity, together are linked to a third of cancer cases”
Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society, February 2014.

“We have very strong evidence that a healthy diet can reduce the risk of certain cancers and that unhealthy diet and obesity are associated with increased risk”
Moshe Shike, a cancer prevention expert at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, February 2014. 

“Even later in life, if you are making healthy choices it seems to be protective in terms of cancer risk”
Lead author Professor Cynthia Thomson, University of Arizona, February 2014.

The ACS 2014 Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention suggest “maintaining a healthy weight, adopting a physically active lifestyle, consuming a healthful diet that emphasises plant-based food, and limiting alcohol intake”.

The 65,000 post-menopausal women, tracked for more than 12 years following these guidelines, had:

  1. A 52% lower risk of colorectal cancer
  2. A 22% lower risk of breast cancer
  3. A 17% lower risk of any cancer
  4. Were 27% less likely to have died during the time frame of the study

As reported by The Washington Post and stuff.co.nz on February 2, 2014.

 

 


 

Posted: Monday 21 July 2014