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You Are What You Eat? The Role of Nutrition & Cancer Risk

You Are What You Eat? The Role of Nutrition & Cancer Risk

A diet rich in diverse whole foods isn’t just about taste; it might significantly lower a person’s risk of developing cancer or slow down its growth. The food choices one makes play a pivotal role in various facets of their health, potentially affecting chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

Research strongly suggests that what a person eats heavily influences the development of cancer. Numerous foods contain beneficial compounds that could potentially inhibit cancer growth. Several studies have also highlighted that a higher intake of specific foods might correlate with a reduced risk of this disease.

Startling statistics indicate that almost half of the population in the United States may face a cancer diagnosis. Given these odds, it’s crucial to understand what steps can be taken to minimize cancer risk and the initial actions to consider, if diagnosed.

According to Katrina Sommer, an advanced practice dietitian with OSF HealthCare, "Good nutrition is essential for all the cells in our body. Embracing a healthy eating pattern inclusive of nutrient-rich foods is key to staying healthy and combating diseases."

Meet The Anticancer Lifestyle Program

Are your patients looking to make informed and healthy lifestyle choices to lower their cancer risk, prevent recurrence, and tackle chronic illness? The Anticancer Lifestyle Program may be for them!

The Anticancer Lifestyle Program (ACLP) provides an array of free tools, tips, and resources to assist in enhancing diet, boosting fitness, managing stress, and reducing exposure to harmful chemicals found in a home environment.

The origin of ACLP stems from co-founder Meg Cadoux's personal journey while being treated for her first breast cancer recurrence. Seeking guidance from physicians yielded no advice on actively participating in her well-being. Upon discovering evidence-based information regarding lifestyle changes that could mitigate her risk, Meg teamed up with Nancy Kane, an oncology nurse managing a local cancer center. Together, they envisioned creating a course for cancer patients, focusing on healthy lifestyle behaviors encompassing diet, fitness, mindset, and personal environment. Their collaboration resulted in the Anticancer Lifestyle Program, launched in person in 2011 and expanding online in 2019.

This program boasts a wealth of free resources, including an online course, eBooks, webinars, blogs, recipes, and more! Having benefited over 60,000 participants from 80+ countries, it stands as an invaluable resource for a healthier lifestyle.

We encourage you to explore these resources further to empower your patients to gain knowledge and make proactive choices for improved well-being!


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