Do you have older clients who sometimes need a little extra encouragement to stay active? It might motivate them to hear that 80% of known risk factors for cancer in the elderly depend on lifestyle choices, including enjoyment of regular exercise. Important steps that people can take to reduce their cancer risk include avoiding cigarette smoke, staying moderately active, maintaining a healthcare insurance strategy and having a positive attitude. The research is based on data from the National Long-Term Care Survey, a sample of individuals who represent the whole U.S. elderly population, according to Igor Akushevich, PhD, senior research scientist at Duke University’s Center for Population Health and Aging in Durham, North Carolina.
“A general view of the results leads to a hypothesis that cancer risk increases for individuals who are not completely happy in different aspects of their life,” said Akushevich.
The research was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research’s Seventh Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held in Washington, DC, in November 2008. For more information about the association and its annual meeting, go to www.aacr.org.