Cancer Prevention

In recent years there has been more and more research coming up about cancer prevention. It has always been my belief that we can lead a preventative lifestyle by eating healthful foods, being active, living mindfully and learning to deal with stress, then even if one gets seriously sick at some point – being preventative will allow for the body and the system to be in a better shape to heal and deal with the treatment. Prevention makes for a better patient.

If people in the U.S. adopted a healthy lifestyle—not smoking, drinking in moderation, maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising regularly—half of all cancer deaths and close to half of all cancer diagnoses could potentially be prevented, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Cancer is not just “bad luck” and “more than 50 percent of cancers worldwide are thought to be preventable,” as noted in PBS Series “The Emperor of All Maladies”.

The study was published in JAMA Oncology. An accompanying editorial, co-authored by Harvard Chan School adjunct professor of epidemiology Graham Colditz, noted that, “As a society, we need to avoid procrastination induced by thoughts that chance drives all cancer risk or that new medical discoveries are needed to make major gains against cancer, and instead we must embrace the opportunity to reduce our collective cancer toll by implementing effective prevention strategies and changing the way we live.”

We focus all the attention on the treatment, on finding the cure – and rightfully so, but an equal amount of attention needs to be placed on preventative measures. Teaching our kids and educating the society about eating well, moving, managing stress, and minding their minds, thoughts.

Learn more:

Most cancers not just ‘bad luck’ (Harvard Chan School news)

Greater focus needed on cancer prevention (Harvard Chan School news)

To your health,

Elena

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