An anti-aging medical approach to Cancer Prevention.
Subject: Medical societies (Reports)
Cancer (Prevention)
Cancer (Methods)
Cancer (Care and treatment)
Authors: Klatz, Ronald
Goldman, Robert
Pub Date: 08/01/2012
Publication: Name: Townsend Letter Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group Audience: General; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 The Townsend Letter Group ISSN: 1940-5464
Issue: Date: August-Sept, 2012 Source Issue: 349-350
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations; 8000432 Cancer Therapy NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations; 621 Ambulatory Health Care Services SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 303012878
Full Text: The Annual Report to the Nation, issued jointly by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR), reports that cancer incidence and mortality have continued on a decline that started in the early 1990s. Overall, cancer incidence declined by 0.5% per year from 1999 to 2008, with most of the decline occurring from 1999 to 2005. The report also states that cancer mortality declined from 1999 to 2008 overall and among men, women, children, and all racial and ethnic groups, with cancer mortality decreasing by 1.3% annually during the period 2004 through 2008.



Despite these encouraging statistical trends, we must not be complacent in the battle against cancer. In the US, much of the cancer burden could be reduced by lifestyle. The American Cancer Society's 2012 Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures calls for improved collaboration between various entities interested in public health--including government agencies, private companies, nonprofit groups, healthcare providers, policymakers, and the general population--to reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Reporting that an estimated 577,000 people will die from cancer this year, about one-third caused by tobacco use and about one-third caused by poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and overweight and obesity, the American Cancer Society reports that much of the cancer burden in the US could be reduced with increased attention to preventing disease through lifestyle change--namely, by reducing tobacco use, improving diet, exercising, losing weight, and an expanded use of established screening tests. The society urges, "Public policy and legislation at the federal, state, and local levels can increase access to preventive health services, including cancer screening."

To that end, this column reviews recent breakthroughs in natural approaches to cancer prevention.

Eheman C, Henley SJ, Ballard-Barbash R, et al. Annual Report to the Nation on the status of cancer, 1975-2008, featuring cancers associated with excess weight and lack of sufficient physical activity. Cancer. 2012;118:2338-2366.

American Cancer Society. Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures 2012. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2012.

by Ronald Klatz, MD, DO, and Robert Goldman, MD, PhD, DO, FAASP
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