Three lifestyle changes significantly reduce cancer rates

In two previous blogs (“Thirty percent of breast cancers could be prevented by lifestyle changes” and “Three Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds“) I’ve discussed the association between cancer risk and lifestyle choices.

Now, HealthDay is reporting that approximately “340,000 cancer cases” in the US could be prevented “each year if more Americans:

  • ate a healthy diet,
  • got regular exercise and
  • limited their alcohol intake,”

according to the World Cancer Research Fund.

The WCRF said such lifestyle changes could lead to “significant reductions in particularly common cancers such as breast (38% fewer cases per year), stomach (47% fewer) and colon (45% fewer). … ‘Physical activity is recommended for people of all ages as a means to reduce risks for certain types of cancers and other non-communicable diseases,'” said Dr. Tim Armstrong of World Health Organization. The research “was released recently to mark World Cancer Day.”

WebMD added that the World Cancer Declaration “outlines 11 targets it says could be achieved by 2020” to fight cancer. These goals include “significant drops in global tobacco use, obesity, and alcohol intake; universal vaccination programs for hepatitis B and human papilloma virus (HPV); universal availability of effective pain medication; and efforts to dispel misconceptions about cancer.”

You can learn more practical tips in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Signed copies are available here.

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