This Change Toolkit is meant to support the guidance and information you receive in the Change Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program. The resources on this page will help you learn to make lasting lifestyle changes that will decrease inflammation and enhance your immune system’s ability to fight disease.
This book is written on the premise that small changes are the most realistic.
Successful change comes in stages.
This seminal book inspired the creation of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program.
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.
This abstract of their article summarizes the authors’ findings about the stages of change involved when changing smoking habits.
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.
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%.
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).
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.
“My patients feel that they are being taught a great deal of important information in the Anticancer Lifestyle Program that they otherwise would not have been exposed to. They ultimately feel empowered and motivated to pursue significant lifestyle changes, and in most cases, these lifestyle changes are sustainable.”
“I’m more centered in all the self-care aspects. Being more gentle to myself. Got a fit bit and am moving more. Meditating more. Continuing to choose love.”
“This is a super program and given the time allowed, much was covered. We were encouraged to use our judgment and take it slowly and not “try to do all the changes” and that is a good thing. The additional classes are also most helpful as they can help us focus and also as we gain strength, knowledge, and capabilities, help us to keep on improving.”