A new study suggests that exercise may reduce Caucasian men’s risk of developing prostate cancer. And among Caucasian men who do have prostate cancer, exercise may reduce their risk of having more serious forms of the disease. Unfortunately, the benefits do not seem to apply to African-American men. The study is published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
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The Daily Mail reporting on this, said, “Just 5 hours a week can boost survival chances by a THIRD
• Experts tracked 10,000 men with prostate cancer in the US for 10 years
• Moderate activities like cycling made patients 34 per cent less likely to die
• Regular walking can help ward off cancer but has no effect after diagnosis
• Suggests treatment which includes exercise is key to beating the disease”
Previous research has linked exercise to a reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. Studies have also revealed that African-American men have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer and of dying from the disease compared with Caucasians. It is not clear if exercise as a function of race plays any role in these disparities. Continue reading
A little background first if you don’t mind. When I started writing this blog it was all about weight loss. Burn those calories. Now, six years later, the scope has expanded to embrace good health and long life. That sounds so general, doesn’t it? Weight loss is specific. Most people need to and want to do it. But good health and long life – generalities. Hard to get your mitts around airy fairy stuff like that.
In the early days of this blog I wrote about increasing exercise to burn calories and reduce weight or at least permit yourself to eat more and not gain weight. Well, it turns out, there’s much more to it than that.
On my How to Lose Weight and Keep it off Page, I quote:
According to the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services:
“Adults 18 to 64 should get:
2.5 hours/wk of moderate intensity exercise.
OR 1.25 hours a week of vigorous aerobic physical activity
Or Some combination of the above – equivalent episodes of at least 10 minutes spread throughout the week.”
In 2015, the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and others did a huge study on exercise and came to some fascinating conclusions, not just about calories and losing weight. Continue reading
I have been hearing for years how taking aspirin daily would prevent this or that type of cancer. I admit to confusion on the issue. There always seemed to be new qualifiers to the statement. So, I was thrilled to see an interview with Eric J. Jacobs, Ph.D., American Cancer Society (ACS) Researcher on the ACS website.
Q. Is there, at this point in time, definitive evidence that regular aspirin use may help prevent certain cancers?
A. Yes, there is now definitive evidence that long-term daily aspirin use, even at low doses, will lower risk of developing one type of cancer – colorectal cancer, probably by approximately 40%. However, this benefit is unlikely to “kick in” immediately. There appears to be a delay of several years between when aspirin use is started and when risk of developing colorectal cancer is reduced. Continue reading
“On average people who smoke die about 10 years sooner than non-smokers. The New England Journal of Medicine.
“Smoking triples the risk for cataracts and is also a risk factor for macular degeneration and its response to treatment. Dr. Nicholas Volpe, Tarry Professor and Chairman Department of Opthalmology Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University
“The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012 (latest year with statistics) about 173,200 cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use. The overall survival rate for those with lung cancer, sadly, remains at around 15%,” so starts my Page – How bad is Smoking.
But, “nearly half a million people will die from smoking-related diseases this year. Each day, more than 3,200 youths smoke their first cigarette. New products such as e-cigarettes, with effects that aren’t yet understood, complicate public health messages. And if current trends continue unabated, 5.6 million of today’s children and teens will go on to die prematurely during adulthood because of smoking,” the Associated Press said.
The Surgeon General released a fresh report on Friday enumerating the above and more dire consequences that smokers are exposing themselves to.
“Remarkably, the report adds more entries to the official list of smoking-caused diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction, the macular degeneration that can blind older adults, two additional cancers – liver and colorectal – and cleft palate birth defects.”
If you are a smoker please consider stopping. If you know a smoker help them to get off this deadly habit.
It doesn’t help. WebMD says, “People who eat a lot of processed meats, such as hot dogs and lunch meat, are more likely to get colon cancer. The link isn’t completely clear, but it might be because of nitrites. Those are chemicals added to food to stop bacteria and preserve color.
“Red meat also is linked to colon cancer. In general, limit the amount of red meat you eat. Instead choose other sources of protein, such as chicken, fish, or beans.”
You can take a very useful WebMD quiz at the link above that will fill you in on a number of cancers and cancer myths. Continue reading