Change Your Diet, Prevent Cancer
August 9, 2005

Peter Jennings' death has put the media spotlight back on cancer treatment and prevention. And now, a famous survivor says, look no further than the food you eat.

"I personally lost 10 relatives to cancer," said financier-turned philanthropist Michael Milken. "We will solve this cancer problem within a decade."

Milken has dedicated his life to finding a cure for cancer, and he said that Jennings' death is a wake-up call for all of us: "When you see a person like Peter Jennings that so many people respect, it brings home that cancer doesn't pass over anyone."

Milken himself was diagnosed with prostate cancer 12 years ago, and he told us his first reaction was to immediately change his lifestyle.

Milken even co-wrote the cookbook "The Taste for Living," with his favorite recipes for fighting cancer. "I used to eat large quantities of food," he said. "I used to love the fat on corn beef steak."

A few years ago Milken also told "Extra" about switching to a vegetarian diet. After examining the patterns of friends and family who died from cancer, Milken discovered that almost all of them did not change their diet.

Best-selling author Dr. Mitchell Gaynor said good nutrition is key to cancer prevention. "Eating a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet is proven to prevent cancer," Gaynor said.

And that's what Michael Milken did. Today, he is cancer free and is among the more than 10 million American who have had cancer and are alive today.

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