Day 0 – 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium

I’m here in San Diego for this year’s Cancer Survivorship Symposium. It looks like a very good agenda and I’m looking forward to learning things that we can share with the survivor community.

Size (Weight) Matters!

I was reading the latest issue of Cure magazine and research continues to show a connection between weight and cancer risk. The American Cancer Society has reported in the past that a third of all cancers could be prevented by maintaining a normal weight and making simple dietary changes.

According to the Cure article, “the exact mechanism behind this phenomenon is not entirely understood, but researchers believe a number of factors may play a role. One of the strongest contenders is inflammation, notes Jennifer Griggs, M.D., professor of medical oncology and of health management and policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Obesity is considered a chronic inflammatory state,” Griggs explains, “and an inflammatory state may be pro-carcinogenic.”


If chronic inflammation is a casual factor for cancer, one easy step to take is to eliminate inflammation-producing foods from your diet. Here are the top 10…

  1. Sugars
  2. Cooking oils – polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as grape seed, cottonseed, safflower, corn and sunflower oils
  3. Transfats
  4. Dairy products – darn it! I love cheese. [In a future post I’ll show you what cheese did to my weight and cholesterol]
  5. Feedlot-raised meat
  6. Red meat and processes meat. [Darn it again! I love salami. I wonder if there is unprocessed salami?]
  7. Alcohol
  8. Refined grains
  9. Artificial food additives and
  10. Add any food that you are sensitive to. If you are sensitive to it, it most likely is causing an inflammatory response in your body.

Wow. That’s seems to cover almost everything. Right? Well, not really. There are great tasting substitutes for each of these categories, except alcohol. I’ll be posting in the future about recipes that can fill the void left when you eliminate these foods.

Confession. I think I’m a sugar addict, even though I’m 5′ 9″ and 157 pounds. So my task for today is not to eat any of the hard candies sitting on the desk here in the hotel room. I’ll let you know if I give in.

What’s Your Favorite Anti-Cancer Recipe?

We all have easy favorites that we prepare when we’re working on controlling our weight. A number of mine are based on fresh, packages salad mixes. I’d love to learn about your’s. Post your favorite in a comment below and we’ll feature it in a full post.

Well. I’m off to the cancer survivor and advocate dinner at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Warm regards,