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ASCO Survey Reveals Most Americans Are Unaware of Key Cancer Risk Factors

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I just got an email from ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) about a survey on American understanding of Cancer Risk factors.

It is sort of interesting. One of the simplest things people can do to fight prostate cancer is to just lose weight. This works before and after diagnosis, but so few people are aware of it, or attempt to do much about it.

"Notably, less than a third of Americans (31%) realize that obesity is a risk factor for cancer, even though it is currently the second leading preventable cause of the disease. In fact, a higher body mass index is associated with increased risk of a number of cancers, including colon, breast, high grade prostate, and uterine cancers."

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Unfortunately, the U.S. food pyramid is an impediment to losing visceral fat. From The Harvard School of Pulic Health [1]:

"Dietary Fat and Weight

"Low-fat diets have long been touted as the key to a healthy weight and to good health. But the evidence just isn’t there: Over the past 30 years in the U.S., the percentage of calories from fat in people’s diets has gone down, but obesity rates have skyrocketed. (1,2) Carefully conducted clinical trials have found that following a low-fat diet does not make it any easier to lose weight than following a moderate- or high-fat diet. In fact, study volunteers who follow moderate- or high-fat diets lose just as much weight, and in some studies a bit more, as those who follow low-fat diets. (3,4) And when it comes to disease prevention, low-fat diets don’t appear to offer any special benefits. (5)"

"Dietary Patterns and Weight

"Following a Mediterranean-style diet, well-documented to protect against chronic disease, (53) appears to be promising for weight control, too. The traditional Mediterranean-style diet is higher in fat (about 40 percent of calories) than the typical American diet (34 percent of calories (54)), but most of the fat comes from olive oil and other plant sources. The diet is also rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and fish. A 2008 systematic review found that in most (but not all) studies, people who followed a Mediterranean-style diet had lower rates of obesity or more weight loss. (55) There is no single “Mediterranean” diet, however, and studies often use different definitions, so more research is needed."

-Patrick

[1] hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-pr...

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