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Cube of Dates highlighting 20129 Findings That Have Rocked Cancer Prevention Research

It’s the 100th issue of Cancer Research Update and we’re celebrating by taking a look back at the research. Below, we’re highlighting nine research developments that are making a momentous impact in the field of cancer prevention and survivorship.

1. When Diet Meets Gene

The fact that our genes and diet interact is nothing new. Not everyone who eats a lot of junk food becomes overweight. Only some people taste the bitter compounds found in dna codespinach. But after the unraveling of the human genome, the field of nutrigenomics exploded. Here’s a look at how our genes may influence diet’s role in cancer and other chronic diseases. Read more...

2. Diet, Microbes and Cancer Prevention

Our body is teeming with microbes, outnumbering human cells ten to one. The microbes in the human gut – the microbiome – weigh in at about three pounds and carry out a range of functions essential to human health. The emerging science of the microbiome, featured at AICR’s 2010 Research Conference, revealed that diet’s link to cancer prevention may, in part, depend upon the trillions of microbes living in our gut. Read more...

3. The Tiny World around a Cancer Cell

At one point, it was all about the cancer cells. But scientists have gained a new understanding of how a cell’s surroundings can drive or stifle cancer growth, and how dietary substances may alter the tumor microenvironment to suppress cancer. Read more...

4. Cancer Risk: The Fit or Fat Debate

older man excercisingCompared to people at a healthy weight, those who are overweight or obese have an increased risk for cancer. Studies clearly show that regular physical activity can reduce the risk, but now researchers are exploring how. Can physical activity reduce cancer risk regardless of the number on the scale? Read more...

5. Diabetes Increases Cancer Risk: Lifestyle Connections

People with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of several types of cancer, concluded a 2010 consensus paper. An AICR’s InDepth and the consensus statement both found the strongest evidence link­ing type 2 diabetes to cancers of the liver, pancreas and endometrium. People with diabetes were approxi­mately twice as likely to get one of these cancers. Evidence was weaker but still clear for cancers of the colon/rectum, post-menopausal breast and bladder. Read more...

6. Seven Successful Weight Loss Strategies

More physical activity, less inactivity and eating breakfast ranked among the most common behavioral strategies adopted by a group of people who have successfully lost weight and maintained their weight loss, according to a review of approximately 6,000 self-selected individuals who make up the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR).  The 2011 finding offers the top seven habits of those who had had all maintained their lower weight for an average of more than five years. Read more...

striped socks on scale7. Inactivity: A Hidden Cancer Risk?

AICR's expert report and its updates shows that physical activity lowers the risk of several cancers, both independently and by preventing weight gain. Yet if activity can help prevent cancer, can inactivity increase the risk? It's quite possible, suggests the emerging field of sedentary behavior. Read more...

8. Cancer Survivors: Getting Active and Healthy

Fatigue, joint pain, lymphedema, depression, weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes – this litany of ills is only a partial list of what cancer patients may experience during, and years after treatment. Historically, clinicians often advised cancer patients to rest and avoidactivity. But With your generous support, AICR funds reserch in diet, physical activity and weight management. Help us asvance our vital research mission with a donation, today.not anymore. In 2010, the American College of Sports Medicine released new recommendations urging survivors to avoid inactivity, even cancer patients undergoing treatment. Read more...

9. Building a Database for Cancer Prevention: Keeping the Science Current

Last year, the largest ongoing review of cancer prevention and survival research of its kind in the world, AICR/WCRF's Continuous Update Project (CUP), published its first progress report, providing an overview of the most active areas of research on food, nutrition, physical activity, weight and cancer. Read more...

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