A healthy lifestyle 'could prevent cancer'

3 November 2011

Healthcare research has shown that eating a healthy and balanced diet can help stave off many different diseases.

Frances Reid, director of public affairs and communications at Target Ovarian Cancer, targetovariancancer.org.uk, suggested that eating the right meals maintains a healthy body and helps encourage an active lifestyle.

She said: "Keeping your weight within a healthy range, sticking to sensible drinking habits and not smoking are also important for good health and cancer prevention."

Ms Reid added that being aware of what is normal for your body is important because it means you can spot early signs and symptoms of a disease such as cancer more easily.

Research published in the journal Nature Medicine claims that fat inside the stomach fuels the spread of ovarian cancer. It found that a fatty layer across the abdomen provides fuel for the cancerous cells to grow and spread to other areas of the body.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Lengyel, Ernst, et al., " Adipocytes promote ovarian cancer metastasis and provide energy for rapid tumor growth", Nature Medicine, October 30th 2011.

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