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New Year Resolutions Could Lower Esophageal Cancer Risk

It is officially the New Year and for many, that also means setting New Year resolutions.   According to Reuters, “losing weight and getting fit and healthy are among the top five resolutions [made] every year.”

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Unfortunately, many of these goals fade away and are never fulfilled.   In  fact, forty-five percent of Americans make New Year resolutions each year, but only eight percent succeed, according to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.  While the odds are very much against the success of New Year resolutions, these goals are extremely important to our health, especially when it comes to esophageal cancer prevention.

Esophageal cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.  It has increased over 600% in the past decades and shows no signs of slowing down.  As one of the deadliest cancers, esophageal cancer has an extremely poor 5-year survival rate of only 17.5%.

Some of the major risk factors associated with esophageal cancer are chronic heartburn (acid reflux), obesity, smoking and poor nutrition.

Losing weight, eating healthier, exercising and quitting tobacco use are all ways to help lower the risk of esophageal cancer, in addition to improving other aspects of overall health.

Below are five articles that we’ve chosen from throughout the web to help you create and, more importantly, stick to resolutions to improve your health.  Whether you create these goals today, tomorrow or well after the New Year, we support and encourage you to improve your health!

What is on your New Year resolution list?  Share them with us on Facebook!

 

 

Resources for New Year Resolution Success:

New Year’s resolutions- more procrastination than motivation, Reuters  

Tips for making GERD diet and lifestyle changes that stick, RefluxMD

The Key To Setting Achievable Goals, Huffington Post

11 Simple Health Habits Worth Adopting Into Your Life, Cleveland Clinic

Why your healthier lifestyle should start today, Medical Daily

 

 

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