Simple Life Changes Could Stop Millions of Cancers

This is the reverse of blamingsmoking, poor food choices, lack of exercise and overweight for the things thatkill us.  The numbers are compelling andassure us that these three key items represent around one third of the deathrate.

That translates into anunnecessary loss of possibly a decade at least of the affected population’slifespan.

The easy ones to resolve are foodchoices and exercise because they are handled simply be the establishment ofeffective eating and exercise habits in a positive and reinforcing manner.

Smoking is difficult because it isa deadly addiction and your mind and body will resist you.  At least apologists no longer attempt tojustify the habit and it has now been driven out of doors.  The best advice there is to seek help to endthe problem.

Then we come to the problem ofover weight.  Part of the solution is infood choices.  Simply preparing your ownhealthy food and largely eliminating starch will see your weight drift down toaround 125% of you best weight level as recommended by the charts.

To remove the spare 25% may ormay not be necessary at that point, but can be done by applying my approachthat is posted under with the ‘the Arclein Diet”.  The Arclein diet could be applied a lot earlier,but most folks who are seriously obese need to allow the body to adjust firstto a proper protein rich diet.  They alsoneed to learn how to eat properly.  Tryingto conduct a twenty four hour fast is mixing it up way too early.

Once goals are met, one would doa twenty four hour fast twice a week, say Tuesday and Thursday and eat well allother days. This provides you six and a quarter day’s worth of food and leavesroom for a little bit of the inevitable cheating.  Since one is now eating without fear of aweight gain, one can work at enjoying food. In practice one has missed one meal a week out of one’s budget.  Even better, you have rested your digestivetract at least twice during the week.

Simple life changes could stop millions of cancers

By Kate Kelland | Reuters – Fri, 4 Feb 3:19 AMEST

LONDON (Reuters) - About a third of all common cancers in the UnitedStates, China and Britain could be prevented each year if people ate healthierfood, drank less alcohol and exercised more, health experts said on Friday.

Estimates from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggest that making simplelifestyle changes could prevent some 40 percent of breast cancers alone inBritain and the United States, as well as tens of thousands of colon, stomachand prostate cancers.

"It is distressing that even in 2011, people are dyingunnecessarily from cancers that could be prevented through maintaining ahealthy weight, diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors,"Martin Wiseman, a WCRF medical and scientific adviser, said in statement.

In China, 620,000cases, or 27 percent are preventable, the WCRF said, as are about 35 percent,or 340,000, in the United Statesand 37 percent in Britain.Healthier lifestyles could prevent 61,000 cancers in Braziland 79,000 in Britain.

The WCRF findings are backed by World Health Organisation (WHO)recommendations, which say regular exercise can prevent many diseases such ascancers, heart diseases and diabetes.

Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world and itsincidence is rising. Each year around 12.7 million people discover they havecancer and 7.6 million people die from some form of the disease. There areabout 200 known types of cancer.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC),cancer will kill more than 13.2 million people a year by 2030, almost doublethe number it killed in 2008 -- and the vast majority of deaths will be inpoorer countries.

In a separate statement, the Geneva-based WHO said low levels ofphysical activity are the main cause of an estimated 21 to 25 percent of breastand colon cancers, 27 percent of diabetes cases and 30 percent of heart diseasecases worldwide.

Rachel Thompson, the WCRF's deputy head of science, said that while themessage was simple -- that not smoking, eating good food and being a healthyweight can help ward off many cancers -- it was still a difficult one to getacross.

"It's all very well us saying 'this is what you need to eat andthis is how much physical activity you need to do', but we need to make iteasier for people to make those changes," she said. "Everybody has arole in that -- from international organizations, to governments, to peoplethemselves."

The WHO says adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercisea week. This could be done by walking for 30 minutes five times per week or bycycling to work every day.

Peter Baldini, head of the World Lung Foundation, also called on allgovernments to introduce smoke-free laws and raise the price of cigarettes.

Tobacco kills millions of smokers every year, and tobacco-related lungcancers also kill hundreds of thousands of people who don't smoke but have beenexposed to it second-hand.

"There isn't a magic bullet to cure all forms of cancer, but wehave the opportunity and the obligation to protect people from developingcancer wherever possible," Baldini said.
(Additional reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva, editing by Matthew Jones)

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