Lifestyle Key to Avoiding Cancer - June 2016

Major attention has focused on whether cancer arises by chance or as a result of external factors. The evidence that the environment can influence cancer risk is abundant, and most cancer is preventable.

For example, it may be possible to prevent up to 80% to 90% of smoking-related cancers, such as lung and oropharyngeal cancer, and to prevent as much as 60% of other common, lifestyle-related cancers, such as colorectal and bladder cancer.

Up to 40% of cancer cases and about 50% of all cancer deaths can potentially be avoided by making modifications in lifestyle, according to new findings.
After investigating cancer risk among a portion of the US white population, the authors of a large cohort study concluded that a large proportion of cancer cases and related mortality could be prevented if people did not smoke, drank only a little alcohol, maintained a healthy weight and exercised regularly at moderate intensity.

- Roxanne Nelson, BSN, RN May 20, 2016 Medscape online

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