Cancer Prevention: Bird-eye or symptom control approach; which is the best?



Overweight, obesity, tobacco, poor diet quality, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use are shared risk factors which lead to diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

Obesity is a major cancer risk factor, likely to cause about 20 percent of cancers in the united kingdom, according to the Cancer Research UK. Likewise, overweight and obesity contribute to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, causing 58 percent of type 2 diabetes and 21 percent of ischemic heart disease (according to the World Heart Federation).

So when it comes to prevention and or control of any of these chronic conditions; isn’t it wise to aim to treat that individual as a whole rather than categorising the condition? A

Researchers are now aiming to create an awareness to do exactly the same (Byers 2015) which is positive change!

So if you want to lead a healthy life and prevent life threatening conditions like cancer, answer is simple!

Enjoy nutritious meal, engage in physical activities, practice mindfulness and live a meaningful life with your friends and family. This will ensure that you will be at your ideal weight away from diabetes, away from addictions like alcohol or tobacco, and will be vibrating with high energy!


Best wishes,

Pranita Salunke

Health Promotional Occupational Therapist, MSc Preventive Cardiology.

Vitality Health Clinic



Byers 2015:


The best way to quit smoking!

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Congratulations for deciding to quit. “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it hundreds of times”, remarked a well-known American author and humourist Mark Twain on his smoking habit. Due to a powerful addictive effect of nicotine from tobacco (cigarette) many smokers stop successfully after they undergo a few quit-relapse attempts.

Successfully quitting smoking requires a strong determination, commitment and right support. However, making the first step of deciding to quit is a vital ingredient for successful “quit attempt”.

Right direction

There are various drug and drug free options are available when you attempt to quit the strong tobacco addiction which are  discussed below.

  • Counselling/ Support:  

Counselling and therapies such as Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) are useful. CBT which identify a person’s thought, attitude and belief about smoking and replaces them with more positive, productive thought which then lead to healthy action of that of non-smoker.

  • Medicines:

Chances of success in gaining the new positive lifestyle increases greatly if medications are added to counselling/ support.

  1. Nicotine Replacement Therapy which comes with variety of form like 24/16 hour patch, inhaler, etc. , substitute some nicotine which you would consume from cigarette. This treatment will be only effective, if used in correct dosage. Smoking Cessation practitioner or doctor can guide you to make right choice.
  2.  Champix/ chantix (Varenicline) is used to reduce pleasure from smoking and has proven to be efficient in successfully quitting smoking. Champix must be prescribed by a doctor who is able to monitor you for the course of treatment which usually last for 12 weeks.
  3.  Zyban: The class of anti-depressant which is prescribed after consultation with medical professional.
  • Acupuncture , Hypnosis and other complimentary therapies have been promoted as drug-free ways to quit the nicotine habit. However, clinical evidence  from a recent Cochrane review (2010) is insufficient as compared to above medications. This could  be the reason why these therapies are not available via National  Healthcare System.

If you dream yourself as being smoke free person, you could do some research to find out the way which feels right to you to assist with your successful quit attempt.  Whichever, way you have chosen, I wish you the very best to achieve your goal.

Pranita Salunke.

Holistic Occupational Therapist

(At Vitality Health Clinic, a registered Health Practitioner will help you successfully quit the smoking habit in close liaison with your G.P.

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