The WCRF/AICR work on diet, physical activity and alcohol highlights that around 25% of all cancers are due to these lifestyle factors. Research on how we can change these health behaviours for primary prevention and cancer recurrence is challenging but internationally there is a growing number of investigators working in this area.

I have just returned from the annual meeting of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) in Canada where our special interest group (SIG) on cancer prevention and management provides a great forum for sharing research findings on lifestyle interventions.

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A record 35 cancer and lifestyle abstracts were presented, and three presentations from junior researchers were short listed for the SIG annual award. Topics included:

  • Investigating physical activity communications breast cancer survivors receive from their oncology providers
  • Patient perceived mechanisms of exercise during or following cancer treatment on their quality of life
  • Environments associated with physical activity in breast cancer survivors undergoing treatment

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In addition, Professor Kerry Courneya provided an excellent key note on Physical Activity and Cancer. All the presentations will be on the ISBNPA website soon… strongly recommended for all researchers in this field.cancer sig IMG_7016

If anyone is interested in joining the ISBNPA cancer SIG please get in touch (a.s.anderson@dundee.ac.uk) and get connected with other enthusiasts on lifestyle intervention research.

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