In the News: “Bowel Cancer Risk Reduced by Adopting Multiple Healthy Behaviors”

Here’s a freshly picked study from the latest crop of research, as featured in the news,

for our own nourishment.

Bowel Cancer Risk Reduced by Adopting Multiple Healthy Behaviors:

Adoption of a combination of five key healthy behaviors is associated with a reduction in the risk of developing bowel cancer.”

Excerpts of the report by BioMed Central (via eurekalert.org) regarding colorectal cancer [which was the type of cancer that led to the passing of my dear father-in-law, Walt, at the age of 71]—in consideration with these 5 influential lifestyle factors, are as follows:

Researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke quantified the impact of combined multiple healthy lifestyle behaviors on the risk of developing bowel cancer [saying]

Each person can contribute a lot to avoid cancer; the more healthy lifestyle changes, the better.’

Bowel cancer, also called colorectal cancer, is the second most common cancer in men and the third most common cancer in women worldwide… Previous studies have identified links between the cancer frequency rates and western lifestyles. However, most research has focused on isolated lifestyle behaviors, such as eating red meat, while little is known about the combined impact of lifestyle factors beyond their individual effects

The healthy lifestyle index was composed by the following 5 lifestyle factors:

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−per source [published in the open access journal BMC Medicine]

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 The researchers found that the more healthy lifestyle factors the cohort adopted, the lower their risk of bowel cancer. Compared to people who had followed up to one healthy lifestyle behavior, those who practiced a combination of two, three, four and all the five healthy behaviors had a 13%, 21%, 34% and 37% lower risk of developing bowel cancer, respectively

Our results particularly demonstrate the potential for prevention in men who are at a higher risk of bowel cancer than women.’BMC report (publicly released Oct. 2014) per EurekAlert

Appropriate strategies targeting such multiple lifestyle factors may therefore provide a practical means for improving colorectal cancer prevention.

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May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

November 2014

PS:  It just so happens that my husband received a letter from his gastroenterologist today [the day I was already putting this post together], reminding him that it’s now time for his follow-up colonoscopy.  Upon the death of his own dad from colon cancer in 2008, my husband soon scheduled a colonoscopy for himself (even though it was prior to the generally recommended age of 50) , at which time they did find/remove 3 polyps [though benign, they are the type that could change over the years to become cancerous].  So they have therefore recommended he be checked every 3 years since.  Being mindful of the various beneficial vs. risky lifestyle factors can be key as well, as noted above.  ♥Eileen

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