Last night PBS aired Anti-Cancer, a special with Dr. David Servan-Schreiber. I read his book by the same title when it was first published two years ago, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show. It was nice to see the actual doctor talking, he is such a remarkable man. And I occasionally forget things, so it never hurts to have them reinforced. The video above gives a taste of what he has to say on diet, exercise and lifestyle. It is such important information that I had to share it. If you haven't already, I highly recommend you read his book. If you have never been touched by cancer, you may prevent it by living a healthy lifestyle. Cancer is such an ugly, pain-filled disease that I can't imagine not wanting to prevent it.
Lifestyle plays the biggest role in health issues. It affects our risk of heart disease and diabetes as well as various cancers. Sadly, many people do not want to make changes, so they try to blame disease on inherited genetics.
The results of an Oxford study, published in the Lancet showed that genes account for only a small proportion of breast cancers, and for most women the main risk factors remain the lifestyle factors such as child bearing, use of HRT, obesity and alcohol consumption. These are modifiable, so by changing their behaviour women can alter their risk of breast cancer.
This holds true for many cancers. So please, even if you don't want to change your entire lifestyle, make one healthy change today.