Summary of Avoiding Cancer One Day at a Time

Practical Advice for Preventing Cancer

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Avoiding Cancer One Day at a Time book summary
Some 90% of cancers have an environmental or nongenetic component, so you can do a lot to prevent this deadly disease.


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Paranoia would be a perfectly logical response to this cancer-prevention book. You might be tempted to rifle through your medicine cabinet and laundry room shelves, disposing of any product that isn’t vinegar, baking soda or bottled water. You may never use an air freshener again or allow another French fry to pass between your lips. In fact, Dr. Lynne Eldridge and her brother, epidemiologist David Borgeson, warn against becoming fanatical in attempting to reduce carcinogenic threats in your environment. But they aren’t apologetic about presenting a wealth of valuable information that could help prolong your life. The authors admit that links between certain chemicals and cancers are inconclusive, and they judge the medical establishment pretty harshly. Then they present the most current information based on studies and statistics, and leave it to you to accept or reject their recommendations. getAbstract recommends this book in the belief that much of what the authors cover makes sense. Don’t get scared; get busy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to reduce your cancer risks
  • Why tobacco and obesity pose the greatest cancer risks
  • Why nutrition and exercise are at the core of cancer prevention


An Ounce of Prevention
Cancer prevention has always taken a back seat to finding cancer cures and treatments. Financial incentives are the main reason why the U.S. cancer mortality rate basically has not changed in the last 60 years, despite billions of dollars worth of research. Developing...
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About the Authors

Lynne Eldridge, M.D., who practiced family medicine for 15 years, now specializes in cancer prevention and nutrition. David Borgeson, MS, MPT, has worked as an epidemiologist and physical therapist.

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