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A Healthy Lifestyle Decreases Cancer Risk and Increases Survival Print

Posted on January 2nd, 2014
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If you watch your diet, exercise, and manage your weight, you could not only prevent your risk of getting many lethal forms of cancer, you could also increase your chances of doing well if you should get almost any form of cancer,” Edward Benz, president of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Many people may be surprised to know that obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers, including breast cancer. Where weight is carried on the body may also affect breast cancer risk. Fat carried in the abdominal area is considered metabolically more active, and may be linked to increased breast cancer risk, as well as an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

If you’re currently overweight, the good news is that losing weight, and/or preventing additional weight gain is one of the best ways you can reduce your cancer risk. Even a modest weight loss of only 5 to 10 percent of total weight can provide significant health benefits.

If you’d like additional support and coaching to learn healthier lifestyle strategies (including easy ways to add more healthy fruits and vegetables into your daily diet) give us a call at 619.297.8640.

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