Lifestyles & Cancer

Dietmar W. Siemann, Ph.D.
Professor & Associate Chair for Research, Department of Radiation Oncology
Associate Director, Education & Training, UF Health Cancer Center

Topic Abstract: Cancer has affected friends and family of nearly everyone. This year, approximately 2 million people will be diagnosed with cancer and about 600,000 people will die from the disease. Our cancer risk depends on a combination of our genes, our environment, and our day-to-day activities. While there is little we can do about our genetic makeup, it is estimated that 30-50% of cancer cases and nearly half of the deaths may be traced to preventable causes. Decades of scientific research have conclusively linked cancer incidence to modifiable health behaviors including what we do, as well as what, and how much, we eat and drink. These findings suggest that we have some control over factors that may affect our chance of developing cancer. This presentation will discuss how, beyond smoking cessation and limiting sun exposure, taking control of our lifestyle choices including diet and exercise should be taken seriously when trying to prevent our risk of cancer.

Dietmar Siemann, Ph.D., is a cancer biologist at the UF Health Cancer Center. His research focuses on experimental approaches to develop novel anticancer therapies that will enable the development of future clinical treatment regimens designed to improve cancer prognosis and survival.

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