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Preventing Both Heart Disease and Cancer: Common Strategies Target Modifiable Risk Factors

Baptist Health South Florida

March 17, 2022

John Fernandez


Preventing Both Heart Disease and Cancer: Common Strategies Target Modifiable Risk Factors


Most people are aware that healthy eating and drinking, weight management, not smoking and staying physically active can prevent heart disease. But fewer realize that healthy lifestyle choices linked to modifiable risk factors can also reduce the chances of being diagnosed with many types of cancers.


Despite repeated messaging from medical experts and organizations, this combined concept of heart disease/cancer prevention has not exactly registered with the majority of the population, according to Baptist Health experts: Theodore Feldman, M.D., medical director of prevention and community health at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute; and Jane Mendez, M.D., chief of breast surgery at Miami Cancer Institute.


Drs. Feldman and Mendez made presentations recently during the “Lowering Your Risk for Heart Disease and Cancer” Baptist Health webinar.


“And it makes sense,” stresses Dr. Feldman. “We know that obese people have a much greater incidence of developing certain types of cancers: breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer. We know that if you smoke, you’re much more likely to develop lung cancer, bladder cancer, and other cancers.