Chronic Diseases Could Increase Cancer Risk, According To Top Doc, Dr. David Samadi

Internationally recognized urologist, Dr. David Samadi says chronic diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems could be responsible for over a fifth of new cancer cases and over a third of cancer deaths. The celebrity doctor, and Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital pointed this out in his January broadcast of Sunday Housecall.

So chronic diseases could have the same weight as five known risk factors for cancer (smoking, sedentary lifestyle, insufficient consumption of fruit and vegetables, consumption of alcohol, obesity). From 1996 to 2007, researchers at the University of Texas in Houston, Department of Epidemiology, performed a study on 405,878 individuals, who were asked to complete a questionnaire on their medical history, lifestyles, and demographic information. According to the results of this study, the presence of some chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, could also be added to these factors.

The study found that the increase in chronic disease led to an increased risk of developing tumors. In particular those who suffered from a greater number of chronic diseases had a double risk of developing cancer.

One of the most important aspects of medical care is communication. Here are some of Dr. Samadi’s tips you should embrace:

1. Know your family history. Having a family history of cancer among first-degree relatives not only increases the risk of developing a similar tumor, but also develops another type of cancer in other parts of the body. This should be communicated with your doctor.

2. Make doctor visits and have early screenings. Many people bypass doctor visits, especially when they don’t “feel” sick, but regular physicals are important. Dr. Samadi points out how examinations can lead to early diagnosis of diseases, prevention, and/or the discovery of tumors.

3. More control of lifestyle choices. Recent studies reveal that about 30% of cancer cases are related to our poor eating habits. An advocate of healthy nutrition, Dr. David Samadi points out how crucial it is to develop good lifestyle choices like paying more attention to our diets, and getting more exercise. Obesity, in general, is a risk factor for numerous cancers including colon and breast cancer, and It’s been shown that moderate physical activity reduces the risk of cancer.

Dr. David Samadi is the Chairman of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital, and previously was Director at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He’s been a featured expert correspondent on Fox News, World Health News, and a host of radio programs including 1010 AM, and WNYM 970 AM. Dr. Samadi also hosts his own television show, Sunday Housecall.

He is is an international clinical expert on urologic diseases, developed the highly regarded SMART surgical technique for prostate cancer, and he’s been voted New York Metro Area Top Doctor, America’s Top Doctor, and received the Community Partner Award from the American Cancer Society.

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