A study by Anand et al, published in the journal Pharmaceutical Research, details the critical role of lifestyle behaviors in causing cancer.
Successful change comes in stages.
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.
A study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience suggests that one kind of change, like starting an exercise regimen, may amplify the effects of another, like taking up meditation.
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.