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Healthy Eating, Lifestyle Choices, and Their Role in Preventing Head and Neck Cancer – Medriva

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A recent study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery offers encouraging news for those interested in the prevention of head and neck cancer. The study found that a diet rich in whole grains and whole fruits was associated with a slight reduction in the risk of developing head and neck cancer. It also emphasized the importance of smoking cessation, moderate drinking, and healthy eating for cancer prevention.

Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Choices

The study’s findings suggest that making healthy dietary and lifestyle choices can play a significant role in reducing the risk of head and neck cancer. This includes consuming a diet high in whole grains and whole fruits. Additionally, researchers highlighted the need for further large-scale studies to evaluate the risk factors associated with head and neck cancer and to develop a robust risk assessment tool.

Interestingly, the study observed an increased risk of head and neck cancer with heavy drinking, particularly from beer and liquor. However, light or moderate drinking did not seem to carry the same risk.

Feeding Tubes and Head and Neck Cancer

Another study conducted in Germany investigated the use of feeding tubes in head and neck cancer patients undergoing chemoradiotherapy. There is no consensus on the best timing and method of tube feeding for these patients. The survey revealed that while most recommended a prophylactic percutaneous enteral gastrostomy (PEG) tube before chemoradiotherapy, there was no consistent trend regarding the approach for reactive tube feeding. This highlights the need for unified protocols for tube feeding in head and neck cancer management.

Nutrition and Head and Neck Cancer

The University of Newcastle is sponsoring the EAT study, a randomised trial designed to reduce malnutrition in head and neck cancer patients treated with radiotherapy. The study aims to improve the health behaviors of these patients and maintain their nutrition during their cancer treatment. This study is further evidence of the vital role nutrition plays in cancer treatment and recovery.

Food Emulsifiers and Cancer Risk

A recent study published in PLoS Medicine assessed the link between food emulsifier intake and cancer risk. It found that exposure to seven food emulsifiers was associated with an increased risk of cancer in French individuals. Increased intake of certain types of fatty acids was related to a higher cancer risk, particularly for breast and prostate tumors. This study provides another important reason to focus on nutrition and healthy eating for cancer prevention.

Nutritional Support After Surgery

A study evaluating the nutritional status of patients post-surgery for head and neck cancer found that those who underwent nutritional support experienced less weight loss, better body mass index, and fewer systemic alterations. This underscores the importance of nutritional assessment and support for patients both before and after surgery.

Raising Awareness and Prevention

On World Head and Neck Cancer Day, it’s important to spread awareness and educate others about the preventive measures for head and neck cancers. From healthy eating and lifestyle choices to understanding the risks of certain substances, there’s much we can do to reduce our overall risk. Let’s take this opportunity to learn more and take action towards a healthier future.

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