This abstract of their article summarizes the authors’ findings about the stages of change involved when changing smoking habits.
Cancer will affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States, and the number of new cases of cancer is set to nearly double by the year 2050.
Successful change comes in stages.
A great summary from Harvard Medical School about the Stages of Change model.
A UCSF study of Stage 3 colon cancer patients found that survivors who followed the standard American Cancer Society guidelines for healthy living were 42% less likely to die over the 7 year period the cohort was followed.
A study published in JAMA Oncology that reviewed the health records of over 40,000 women showed that even women with elevated genetic risk for breast cancer can significantly lower their odds of getting the disease by adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors.
“I think these lifestyle factors are things that everyone should strive to achieve if they can — everyone can benefit,” said Dr.
A study in JAMA Oncology reports that 20-40% of cancer cases and half of all cancer deaths can potentially be avoided by making modifications in lifestyle: no smoking, limited alcohol, healthy weight, and 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
A study shows that even if you have certain genetic mutations that predispose you to getting breast cancer, you can lower your risk of getting breast cancer by 30% with some basic lifestyle modifications: no smoking, low alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
JAMA-Oncology published a study that showed that people who don’t smoke, who limit alcohol consumption, who exercise and maintain a healthy body weight can reduce their odds of getting some cancers by 30%.