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#EatingOutWithKids – A Father’s perspective

I ordered a kids sandwich for my two year old in a well known Northumbrian cafe last month and this is what arrived.

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Our obesogenic, carcinogenic environment – a legacy for our children

The relationship between obesity and cancer has been well described…and well ignored! Exposure to excess body fat will contribute to increased risk of some of the most common cancers including bowel and breast. Yet, few agencies working in the cancer settings (including the NHS) bring this to the attention of the millions of people who are in contact with healthcare every day. Many think it is a duty of care for people to be given advice on how to “stack the odds” against cancer occurrence (and recurrence) and that we deny people the opportunity to be supported to reduce cancer risk.

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month: Reducing Risk is Everyone’s Business

As part of Bowel Cancer Awareness month, we’re running a series of mini-blogs from cancer experts. Here’s the next instalment from Professor Annie S. Anderson.

I would like the public to know that getting bowel cancer is not about bad luck and fate.

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#HealthyShelfie for Cancer Risk Reduction – The European Code Against Cancer & Some Personal Confessions

January 1st – the great day of planning good intentions.

  • Resolution 1: Agree to open the fridge door and undertake a full inspection of new and old materials left from the party season.
  • Resolution 2: Take stock – survey the potential threats. How many cakes, desserts, double cream, sausages, bacon and cheese lurks between the shelves?
  • Resolution 3: Assess the liquid contribution. How many bottles occupy the fridge door – including liquid candy and alcoholic tipples?
  • Resolution 4: Review the vegetation. Is there any edible vegetable matter remaining in that lower fridge drawer?
  • Resolution 5: Shut your eyes and imagine a healthy scene to help with a week of good intentions:
    • Lots of space to see what is actually in the fridge,
    • A rainbow of veggie and fruit colours to choose from,
    • Home prepared dishes – thick soups and beany casseroles,
    • Large cartons of low fat natural yoghurt, cottage cheese and milk,
    • Fresh fish, chicken, small portion of lean red meat,
    • Water bottles.

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Why Soup on Saturdays?

There is strong evidence that people can reduce their risk of cancer, by adopting healthy dietary and activity behaviours. Current estimates suggest that around one third of cancers could be prevented by adhering to current guidance. A recent European study1 reported that people who adhered best to WCRF guidance (that is, had the full dose of what is recommended) had a 34% lower hazard of death than those who followed only a small dose (one or two recommendations).

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