Well Being

Lifestyle Change and Cancer Deaths

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Earlier this month, Kristen Gerencher at Dow Jones wrote “Lifestyle Changes Could Prevent Almost Half of Cancer Deaths” as found by the American Cancer Society. These lifestyle changes included:

  • avoiding smoking and excessive sun exposure
  • eating nutritiously
  • getting regular exercise and recommended health screenings

However, many seem to have trouble following these recommendations. I know that I break many of these rules (I don't always remember to put on sunscreen, I could be eating better, and I may forget to get screened). Thankfully, I don't smoke: smoking exacerbates many conditions in addition to increasing different cancer risks.

The article also noted how Americans get hit with antismoking messages, but smoking still occurs in 1 in 5 adults. This is true. I can't turn on TV without seeing at least one “stop smoking” advertisement (some of these are sponsored by tobacco companies trying to improve their image), yet around town I see adults and young adults lighting up cigarettes.

What is most insulting is when I had attended cancer scientific events like ASCO and AACR in the past, and I see physicians and researchers light up their cigarettes outside the convention center. I've seen the same things when I was in graduate school at Roswell Park, where nurses or healthcare staff gather outside to smoke.

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