Knowledge centre: Cancer

Molecular Mechanisms Linking Exercise to Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body which form a mass known as a tumour. They have the capacity to develop their own blood vessels (angiogenesis) which supply the tumour with sufficient energy to grow (proliferation). One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, the benefits of exercise […]

Can we eat to starve cancer?

In this week’s article, we are discussing a Ted Talk titled ‘Can we eat to starve cancer?’ presented by William Li, a researcher, doctor and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation. So firstly, can we eat to starve cancer? The answer is a resounding yes! What is angiogenesis and what does it have to do […]

This lifestyle change is reversing 

It is no secret that as we age, certain processes within the human body slow down such as metabolism or cognitive processing, while others accelerate for instance lean muscle atrophy or plaque formation within our blood vessels. Nonetheless, it’s important to stress that the rate at which the example processes above happen can be influenced […]

The Role of Fat Cells on Cancer Risk

In this week’s article, we’re looking at the negative effect that excess ‘adiposity’ can have on cancer risk. What is adiposity? Adipose tissue is made up of adipocytes (fat cells) and is found all around the body. Although such tissue is critical for energy storage and hormone signalling, too much of it can lead to […]

The Key Principles of Cancer Nutrition

  It is known that many cancers, although not all, can be preventable through diet and lifestyle changes. The World Cancer Research Fund have created a list of key recommendations to lower people’s risk of cancer, and also to help people improve their overall health after a cancer diagnosis. These recommendations are based on the […]

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Prostate cancer survivor athlete story

  When were you diagnosed with cancer and what was the diagnosis? I was diagnosed just over a year ago on 7th March, 2017. Following many scans and tests I was diagnosed with advanced, aggressive prostate cancer which had spread to my lymph nodes and bones.   Where did you go for your treatment? I was […]

Exercise, lifestyle and the lymphatic system

  Soreness and stiffness in the morning. Fatigue. Bloating. Itchy and dry skin. Water retention. Brain fog. Cold hands and feet. Worsened allergies. Sinus infections. These symptoms could relate to a whole host of everyday illnesses, and yet combined they might also indicate a congested lymphatic system. Whilst we are often tempted to treat symptoms […]

Keeping control of your body during chemotherapy

With 28% of cancer diagnoses being treated with chemotherapy, it is likely you may be prescribed this as part of your treatment plan. Chemotherapy is effective because it exterminates cancerous cells that are multiplying at an abnormally fast rate. Unfortunately, it also halts the reproduction of non-cancerous cells, which can cause a variety of unpleasant […]

Developing lean muscle mass: What, Why and How

 Q. What does ‘development of lean muscle mass’ mean?    A. Through a combination of exercise and nutrition, skeletal muscle can be developed both in terms of size and function. Muscle hypertrophy, the scientific term for when muscle fibre increases in size, occurs when the number and size of myofibrils (the building blocks that contain the individual contractile units […]

CV Homework: top 3 barriers and to how overcome them

  Not knowing the value of it  What is your cardiovascular system? + Your lungs provide an internal site where oxygen is diffused into the blood. + Your heart is the central pump where oxygen in the blood is propelled off to its various destinations. + Your muscles are the delivery destination where oxygen is diffused and combined […]

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