Lose weight: Earlier this year, the World Cancer Research released new evidence linking obesity with stomach cancer, which is the third biggest cancer killer in the world
- Lifestyle changes could prevent 40 per cent of cancers from ever occuring
- Weight loss will lower the cancer risk in those weighing more than 20lbs
- Three or more drinks a day was recently linked to tumours in the stomach
- Taking aspirin for five years or more reduces the risk of bowel cancer
The dreaded c-word rightly strikes fear into hearts across the globe.
Iconic figures such as Sir Terry Wogan, David Bowie and Alan Rickman have been lost so far this year.
But lifestyle changes could stop a staggering 40 per cent of cancers from ever occurring, previous research has claimed.
One reason may be down to epigenetics, a new area of research into the way our environment and lifestyles influence the genetics we’re born with.
Writing for Healthista, medical journalist Anna Magee reveals the eight proven ways to lower your risk.
From wearing SPF30 factor sunscreen to losing some weight and exercising, here’s what you could do to lower the odds of getting it.
1. LOSE TEN POUNDS
Some 60 per cent of Brits are overweight or obese.
And being the fat man of Europe causes a staggering 52,000 cases of cancers each year including those of the breast, womb, liver, prostate and pancreas.
Obesity is second only to smoking which causes 64,000 cases annually.
‘The heavier you are the greater your risk of these particular cancers,’ says Linda Bauld, professor of healthy policy at the University of Stirling.
She explains even if you’re more than 20 pounds overweight, any weight loss will lower your risk.
Earlier this year, the World Cancer Research (WCRF) released new evidence linking obesity with stomach cancer, which is the third biggest cancer killer in the world.
2. STICK TO A GLASS A NIGHT
Alcohol limits: Research recently linked three or more drinks a day to stomach cancer
Earlier this year, chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies declared no level of alcohol consumption was safe.
She changed weekly recommendations to 14 units for both men and women.
The key reason was the link between even low alcohol consumption and seven types of cancers including those of the breast, liver, bowel, mouth and throat.
The WCRF’s research recently linked three or more drinks a day to stomach cancer too.
‘The risk of cancer starts at even low levels of alcohol so it’s best to stick to a glass a night,’ Professor Bauld says.
How about saving up all your units for Friday night, then?
‘Alcohol is ethanol which is metabolised into a substance called acetaldehyde which the body finds difficult to process,’ she explains.
‘High levels cause dehydration which makes cells more vulnerable to multiplying, and this effect is greater the more alcohol you drink on one occasion.’
3. EAT YOGHURT
Eat yoghurt: To keep your gut bacteria in good shape, eat a mix of probiotic foods such as live yoghurt, kefir and sauerkraut
Our gut bacteria or microbiome has been linked with everything from mood to obesity in recent months.
And a growing number of studies are now linking it to lowered cancer risk.
The latest, published last month in the journal PLOS One gave one group of mice beneficial bacteria through probiotic supplements and the other non-beneficial bacteria.
The mice receiving the good bacteria produced metabolites known to prevent cancer in their guts and were also better able to metabolise fats.
‘Although most of the studies done on gut bacteria and cancer prevention are still on mouse models, the results are positive,’ says Tim Spector, professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London.
‘That’s probably because the microbes help break down some of the toxins in the gut that might normally cause cancer.
‘But also because they keep the immune system in great shape generally so it beats off the cancer cells.’
To keep your gut bacteria in good shape, eat a mix of probiotic foods such as live yoghurt, kefir and sauerkraut.
Also include prebiotic foods such as fruit, vegetables and high fibre whole grains and legumes to feed bacteria and help it grow, Professor Spector explains…
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