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Lifestyle and cancer prevention: Making choices that change cancer risk
Date:12/7/2007

PHILADELPHIA - How do the lifestyle choices we make affect our chances of developing cancer" Today, at the American Association for Cancer Researchs Sixth Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, being held from December 5 to 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, researchers will present some answers to questions regarding daily decisions in diet, exercise, smoking and other lifestyle factors.

According to their findings, while genetics and environment are major contributors to cancer risk, the simple decisions made each day often matter too. Whether you are picking up a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of suntan lotion, or your walking pace, studies show the power to influence cancer risk is in your hands.


Diet and physical activity in lung cancer risk prediction for current, former, and never smokers. Abstract no. B143

People who have quit smoking can further reduce their risk of developing lung cancer by adding lots of vegetables to their diet − as measured by eating four or more servings of salads a week − compared to people who quit but do not eat their veggies, report researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The investigators also found that physical activity like gardening reduces risk of developing the cancer in former-smokers by up to 45 percent, compared to former smokers who dont garden.

We are trying to understand what components of lifestyle can reduce lung cancer risk in people who have quit smoking − which has been a neglected field of study, said Michele Forman, Ph.D., a professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas. Although this is a very preliminary analysis, it gives us some important clues about how everyone − smokers and non-smokers alike − might be able to reduce their risk of developing lung cancer.

The research team also found that current smokers have a two-fold higher risk of devel
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Contact: Greg Lester
greg.lester@aacr.org
267-646-0554
American Association for Cancer Research
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