Cancer Prevention Guidelines
To post this announcement here does feel a bit like closing the barn door after the horse has escaped, but it is still interesting--and there is a common sense thought that anything that reduces cancer risk may also reduce cancer recurrence risk. Maybe.
From the American Cancer Society: Society Study Finds Following Cancer Prevention Guidelines Lowers Risk of Death A new American Cancer Society study that finds nonsmokers who followed recommendations for cancer prevention had a lower risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and all causes. The study appears early online in Cancer Biomarkers, Epidemiology, and Prevention, and was led by American Cancer Society epidemiologists. For their study, researchers led by Marji L. McCullough, ScD, RD, American Cancer Society national strategic director of nutritional epidemiology, used diet and lifestyle questionnaires filled out in 1992 and 1993 by more than 100,000 non-smoking men and women in the Cancer Prevention Study (CPS)-II Nutrition Cohort. The participants were scored on a range from 0 to 8 points to reflect adherence to the American Cancer Society (ACS) cancer prevention guidelines regarding body mass index, physical activity, diet, and alcohol consumption, with 8 points representing adherence to all of the recommendations simultaneously. After 14 years, men and women with high compliance scores (7, 8) had a 42% lower risk of death compared to those with low scores (0-2). Risk of cardiovascular disease death were 48% lower among men and 58% lower among women, while the risk of cancer death was 30% lower in men and 24% lower in women. Similar associations, albeit not all statistically significant, were observed for never and former smokers.
Link to study abstract.
Link to a nationwide news release on the study.