How lifestyle factors affect cancer rates, survival

Fred Hutch epidemiologist Dr. Amanda Phipps discusses the importance of healthy living
Image: Dr. Amanda Phipps, right, answers questions on Twitter
Dr. Amanda Phipps, right, and writer Diane Mapes participate in a TweetChat on Friday. Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

Sleep. Diet. Alcohol intake. Weight. Exercise. All are important lifestyle factors, and all play a critical role when it comes to cancer.

Dr. Amanda Phipps, an epidemiologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, took part in a Fred Hutch chat on Twitter on Friday and discussed how healthy living impacts cancer risks and survival.

Topics ranged from lifestyle and environmental factors vs. inherited gene mutations such as BRCA, breast cancer myths, and if healthy-living tips should apply to men even though they have a much lower risk of breast cancer.

Read the entire transcript here.

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