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Cancer Prevention - World Cancer Day 2012 - Dr. Sunil Jhangiani

Thursday, February 02, 2012
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Dear Readers,
Despite better technologies and health care access that have improved cancer survival rates, the numbers of newly diagnosed cancer cases continue to increase worldwide. Although several studies over the last few years have questioned the role of diet in cancer prevention, several reputable organizations such as the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) have recently come out with a public policy statement that roughly one-third of all cancers could be prevented through diet, physical activity and weight management.

Over the past two years, in the many topics that we’ve covered in our Healthy Chatter Newsletters, we’ve talked about the relationship between lycopene (tomatoes) and prostate cancer prevention and between colon cancer and sedentary lifestyles. We will continue to advocate through our many channels the value of maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough physical activity, not smoking and limiting the intake of alcohol. We encourage our NutritionVista consumers to remain updated on the latest information on nutrition and cancer-both from a preventive and management perspective...

I thank you once again for the opportunity.

Sunil S. Jhangiani, MD, MBA, FACP, AGAF
Founder, Medical Director,

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03 February, 2012 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Feb 4th 2012 is World cancer day!
According to 2008-2013 WHO1s Action Plans for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Disease document the Current evidence indicates that four types of non-communicable diseases – cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes – make the largest contribution to mortality in the majority of low- and middle-income countries and require concerted, coordinated action. These diseases are largely preventable by means of effective interventions that tackle shared risk factors, namely: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol. In addition, improved disease management can reduce morbidity, disability, and death and contribute to better health outcome.
The proposed action is -
A. Assess and monitor the public health burden imposed by non-communicable diseases and their determinants, with special reference to poor and marginalized populations.
B. Incorporate the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases explicitly in poverty-reduction strategies and in relevant social and economic policies.
C. Adopt approaches to policy development that involves all government departments, ensuring that public health issues receive an appropriate cross-sectoral response.
D. Implement programmes that tackle the social determinants of non-communicable diseases with particular reference to the following: health in early childhood, the health of the urban poor, fair ?nancing and equitable access to primary health care services.

20 September, 2011 | Samyukkta | Reply

Samyukkta Its now clearly established that high or maybe even moderate cholesterol levels contribute to heart attacks I recently read that
Dr Jhangiani I want to know if its is true that Low Cholesterol can cause Cancer and therefore we should not go overboard with lowering cholesterol indiscriminately? In a recent study by researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, an LDL (bad) cholesterol level of 107 was linked to a 33 percent increased risk of cancer and death. Of more concern, an LDL level of 87 doubled the risk of cancer. I also read that this study isn’t the first linking unnaturally low cholesterol levels to an increased risk of cancer.

07 February, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Diet does play a fundamental role in cancer prevention and The NCI (National Cancer Institute) estimates that around 1/3 of cancer deaths are diet-linked. World over, Researchers and nutritionists are stressing more and more on a diet rich in colours or `Rainbow diet', indicative of a diet rich in anti oxidants, as numerous studies have shown that by including antioxidant and fibre rich foods in a regular diet cancer can be prevented.
They have also found that in particular, diets that include Broccoli, Turmeric and Mangoes have the capacity to ward cancer.
Just as its vital to include food items that block cancer-causing chemicals, it is equally important to avoid some foods like red meat, (esp –fried) excess alcohol and foods that contain trans fats –the bad saturated fats. White or processed food and sweet sugary foods should be avoided or limited as they lead to weight gain and promote cell growth, both of which could especially lead to breast cancer.
Vijayalakshmi Iyengar
Sr Dietitian

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