Life Clinic

Taking the Fear Out of Cancer

Cancer is now the leading cause of death in Hong Kong accounting for 30% of all deaths.

The WHO predicts cancer will increase 57% in the next 20 years and Cancer Research UK predicts that one in two of us will develop it in our lifetime.

Most people are, understandably, too scared to talk about cancer. We invite Dr Stephen Chan, Chief Medical Officer of the Life Clinic to demystify the topic for us. In this interview, he teaches us another way of looking at cancer, and gives us some hope that it may not be the death sentence we all fear it to be.


Dr Stephen Chan, Chief Medical Officer of the Life Clinic teaches us another way of looking at cancer, and gives us some hope that it may not be the death sentence we all fear it to be. (Read full article in PDF)

Top 10 lifestyle tips on preventing cancer by Dr Stephen Chan

  1. Avoid overeating. Stop when you are 70% full.
  2. Eat a nutrient-rich diet that is preferably organic and free-range, low in animal fats, and high in plants and seeds.
  3. Avoid junk foods and highly processed foods like crisps, chips and cakes.
  4. Avoid high sugars and refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and white rice. Add complex carbohydrates like vegetables, whole grains, brown rice or quinoa into your diet instead.
  5. Exercise regularly, ideally 30 minutes a day.
  6. Manage your stress and get enough sleep. Take up regular meditation, Qi Gong or prayer if your stress levels are super-high and are affecting your health or sleep.
  7. Do daily Intermittent fasting. Avoid eating after 7pm and wait until 8am to have breakfast. This allows the body a 13hr fast and a chance to detoxify, reduce blood sugar levels and repair our cells.
  8. Avoid drinking out of plastic bottles, and get a good water filter to reduce the level of  plastics, heavy metals and pollutants taken into the body every day.
  9. Get annual cancer screening with your doctor including PAP smears and breast checks for women, prostate checks for men. Book a colonoscopy if you are over 50.Ask your doctor if they are able to send your blood to Europe or USA for “Circulating Tumour Cells” for early cancer detection.
  10. Lastly, Maintain a positive mental attitude. Give up toxic thoughts like anger, resentment, guilt and jealousy, and learn to forgive.

The best way to prevent cancer is to practice healthy lifestyle habits that make it difficult for cancer to develop in the body.