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Dietary fat advice for cancer prevention is similar to heart disease prevention. so why don't people follow it?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Habit: Habits sometimes can be hard to break and hard to establish. This is why it is important to establish healthy habits early in life. One of the best things we can do for young people is to set a good example, so they can have life-long healthy habits.
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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 38 years experience
Denial: Many people don't think they will be the one to get cancer even though 1 out of 2 men do, as do 1 out of 3 women. Patients are also confused if they can even prevent cancer and if there is a definitive link between cancer and diet. No study has ever shown an absolute connection. Even though smoking can cause lung cancer, not every smokers gets it. Therefore, people stay in denial about the risks.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is dietary fat advice for cancer prevention similar to heart disease prevention?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Pretty much: The link isn't direct in either case, so "eat healthy" is the general advice. Shoot for the "mediterranean diet" or an Asian menu and you'll be fine.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
It is important to limit the intake of saturated fats.
May 24, 2012

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