Healthy Lifestyle May Prevent 1 in 3 Common Cancers
A new report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research has found that roughly a third of common adult cancers in the US are preventable.
Simply maintaining a healthy diet, being physically active and minimizing body fat can help prevent the following cancers:
38% of breast cancers 45% of colorectal cancers 36% of lung cancers 39% of pancreatic cancers 47% of stomach cancers 69% of esophageal cancers 63% of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, or larynx 70% of endometrial cancers 24% of kidney cancers 21% of gallbladder cancers 15% of liver cancers 11% of prostate cancers
The study didn't even take into account the significant drop in cancer rates among non-smokers. As a result of these findings, the WCRF and AICR have compiled healthy living suggestions for schools, governments, and other major institutions:
- New developments should be designed to encourage walking and cycling.
- Government and school cafeterias should provide healthy foods and drinks.
- Food and drink industries should price healthy fare competitively with other products and stop promoting sugary drinks and unhealthy foods to kids.
- Workplaces should have policies and environments that are supportive of breastfeeding.
- Media should promote cancer prevention and flag misleading cancer claims.
There are many other risk factors associated with cancer risk, such as geneology, but the benefits of adopting a healthier lifestyle are far-reaching and simple to implement.