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World Cancer Day - Feb 4th, 2011 - At A Glance - Cancer Risk Score - An Awareness Tool

Wednesday, February 02, 2011
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Do You Have Any Risk Factors For Cancer?

Mentally add 1 point for each risk factor. Even 1 point shows you may be at risk for developing cancer.

Disclaimer: This is an awareness tool and not an alternative to medical advise. Please contact your physician who will guide you on the screening tests necessary for you.




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07 February, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Physical activity is recommended for people of all ages, to reduce risks of certain types of cancers and other non-communicable diseases. To quote Tim Armstrong, MD, of the World Health Organization, in a news release- “In order to improve their health and prevent several diseases, adults should do at least 150 minutes moderate physical activity throughout the week. This can be achieved by simply walking 30 minutes fives times per week or by cycling to work daily.” This say sit all.

03 February, 2011 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Some studies have also suggested a corelation between psychological stress and cancer. Stress is known to affect the immune function of the body, and may reduce the body's defence against infection and disease.

03 February, 2011 | Neha | Reply

Neha It's really AT A GLANCE score card! Very Very useful for people who are in a hurry. The suggestions and tips given by the dietitians as discussion is also great.

03 February, 2011 | Preethi Rahul | Reply

Preethi Rahul Hi Smitha,
As mrinal has mentioned, cancer does not occur only because of smoking or drinking.. there are other risk factors as well.. May be even continuos exposure to carcinogens from a factory or through diet ( coloured foods, preservatives etc) could also be the reason. Obesity is another key factor.. May be the person has no bad habits but a sedentary lifestyle.. so being physically active is very important!

03 February, 2011 | Mrinal | Reply

Mrinal Hi Preethi - great to see you here.
Thank you for your suggestions.
As usual your advise is right on.

03 February, 2011 | Mrinal | Reply

Mrinal Hello Smitha,
Yes, you are right, a lot of people who lead extremely healthy lives develop cancer.

There are other risk factors such as family history/ or having certain genes as is often seen in the case of breast or colon cancer - Or being exposed to environmental toxins at a young age or excessive exposure to UV rays or even secondhand smoke that often play a role in one developing cancer.

Our dietitians will add on to this commentary - but a balanced, nutrient rich diet and healthy lifestyle improves your chances to a longer life.

03 February, 2011 | Smitha Hegde | Reply

Smitha Hegde Some people lead a very healthy life with no smoking , drinking and healthy habits, but still they get cancer. What can you say about this?

03 February, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Dear Smitha, I second Mrinal, in that people get Cancer for a whole lot of reasons. Unfortunately we can exercise control only on diet & life style which if disregarded can also predispose one to cancer. However the factors we do not have control on are genetic predisposition, environmental pollution, and radiation to name a few.
Healthy eating to a large extent counters the ill effects of the above, but there are a few people who get cancer for reasons not completely explainable and we can only pray that medical treatment will have answers for them.
Our endeavor is to reduce the number of people who get cancer due to leading an unhealthy life. We at emphasize healthy living (diet, physical activity and life style) to improve health, quality of life & longevity.
P.S kindly look into our dietary tips to prevent cancer and recommend the same to your friends, family and well wishers.
Thank you

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