International cancer study provides food for thought for Canadians to rethink lifestyle, says Canadian Cancer Society

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Mounting evidence outlined in a ground-breaking
report released today in Washington, D.C. links diet, exercise and body weight
to cancer risk, notes the Canadian Cancer Society.
    "The report by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute
for Cancer Research shows that the evidence is more and more convincing about
how we live, what we eat and our individual risk of cancer," says Heather
Logan, Director, Cancer Control Policy and Information, Canadian Cancer
Society. "These are issues we have been promoting for some time."
    "Focusing on the 10 recommendations outlined in the 500-page study, we
support the emphasis that maintaining a reasonable body weight, being
physically active, and making healthy food choices are positive steps to
reducing one's risk of developing cancer."
    Ms. Logan was commenting on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the
Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective issued by the World Cancer Research
Fund and American Institute of Cancer Research today at a news conference in
Washington D.C. The report is available at
    The Society notes that a combination of supportive public policy which
encourages Canadians to make healthy choices, easy choices, and individual
behaviour, will position Canadians for a more healthy future.
    "As we move into the winter months, Canadians are particularly challenged
by weather conditions and the ability to afford fresh fruit and vegetables,"
continues Ms. Logan. "Exercising presents a double benefit in that it allows
Canadians to reach and maintain a healthy body weight and being active has a
proven advantage of reducing your cancer risk."
    While fresh fruits and vegetables are the best choice, Ms. Logan observed
that these are not always available to all Canadians at an affordable price.
Substitutes are frozen, canned and dried fruit and vegetables. "It's best that
Canadians continue to have some fruit and vegetables in their diet, rather
than none at all."
    "While today's report recommends that people around the world not rely on
supplements, like vitamins," adds Heather Chappell, Senior Manager, Cancer
Control Policy, "We note there's an exception for Vitamin D and people who are
not exposed to sufficient sunlight."
    The Society continues to recommend that Canadian adults should consider
taking Vitamin D supplementation of 1,000 international units (IU) a day
during the fall and winter.
    Adults at higher risk of having lower Vitamin D levels should consider
taking Vitamin D supplementation of 1,000 IU/day all year round. This includes
people: who are older; or have dark skin; or who don't go outside often, or
who wear clothing that covers most of their skin.
    In conclusion, the Society noted it will be reviewing the report in more
detail in the coming weeks and months. In particular, it will be considering
recommendations specifically focused on childhood as well as cancer survivors.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and to enhance the quality of
life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer,
visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer
Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

    The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity
that fosters research on diet and cancer and educates the public about the
results. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help
millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk.
AICR is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International.

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