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New Study: Over 40% of Cancers Can Be Prevented with Lifestyle Changes

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Senior couple on cycle ride Many believe it is almost inevitable that a certain portion of the populace will get cancer, and they feel powerless to prevent it, thinking it is either genetic or simply due to fate. New evidence shows that lifestyle changes really do matter and can dramatically reduce the risk of developing cancer.

In a study published in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers found that over 40 percent of cancers could be prevented with different lifestyle choices. Author Max Parkin states that this percentage of cancers is produced by factors people have the power to change and involves smoking, consuming alcohol, eating an unhealthful diet and being overweight, The Huffington Post reports.

Smoking was found to be the biggest causative factor, being responsible for 23 percent of cases of cancer in men and 15.6 percent of cases in women, BBC news notes. The second leading cause differed in men and women: It was determined to be a deficit in the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in men, but found to be obesity in women. Parkin was surprised that eating fruits and vegetables played such a prominent role in protecting men from cancer and also that being overweight for women proved to be an even greater risk factor than alcohol.

Although the study identified 14 lifestyle and environmental cancer causes, it found that a third of the cancers were associated with smoking, alcohol, diet and excess weight. In addition to fruit and vegetable consumption, other dietary factors included a lack of fiber, excess salt, as well as eating red and processed meat. Causes exclusively affecting women included hormone replacement therapy and abstaining from breastfeeding. The remainder of the preventable cancers was due to various factors such as radiation exposure, lack of exercise and occupational exposure to harmful chemicals, along with sunlight exposure and certain infections.

Two members of Cancer Research UK voiced their assessment of the study’s implications. Dr. Harpal Kumar, chief executive, opined that although a healthy lifestyle does not guarantee a person will not develop cancer, it could substantially reduce the risk, The Huffington Post relates. He elaborates that New Year’s resolutions that would save lives involve stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet, reducing alcohol consumption and maintaining a healthful weight. Sarah Hiom points out to Fox News that it is imperative people comprehend that long-term lifestyle changes can significantly lower their cancer risk.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16031149

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/07/40-of-cancers-attributed-_n_1135015.html

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/12/07/lifestyle-changes-prevent-one-third-cancers-study-says/


Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.


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