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Exercise and a Positive Attitude Reduce Cancer Risk

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Mar 04, 2009

Mind-Body-Spirit News

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

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at