Cancer Prevention Guidelines Updated

American Cancer Society recommends good nutrition and physical activity to reduce cancer risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines were recently updated and published in the January/February issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Lawrence H. Kushi, Sc.D., of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., and colleagues updated the ACS Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines with the latest scientific evidence from randomized controlled trials as well as from comprehensive reviews of dietary and activity patterns and cancer risk published since the last update in 2006.

In addition to providing recommendations for individual diet and physical activity choices, these updated guidelines provide communities with guidance on how they can best facilitate healthy behaviors by creating a supportive social and physical environment that provides opportunities and removes barriers.

"These Guidelines provide a summary of the existing scientific information about weight control, physical activity, and nutrition in relation to cancer and are intended to be followed as a whole. The ACS Guidelines are consistent with guidelines established for cancer prevention by other governmental and nongovernmental organizations; those from the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association for the prevention of coronary heart disease and diabetes; and those for general health promotion, as defined by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans," the authors write.

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