Study on cancer prevention: Relatives of cancer patients want to lead healthier lives

Many cancer cases—like other chronic diseases—are the result of an unhealthy lifestyle and could therefore be avoided. But it is an enormous challenge to change established routines and to permanently modify one’s preventive behavior. A willingness to change often only occurs when certain events force people to think about their own health. The occurrence of cancer in the family could be such an event—and thus be used for cancer prevention. This was concluded by a study conducted under the direction of Ulrike Haug, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiology at the University of Bremen and Head of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at BIPS. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)