Smoking, drinking, high BMI linked to almost half of all cancer deaths

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Smoking, drinking, high BMI linked to almost half of all cancer deaths

An analysis found that 4.5 million global cancer deaths in 2019, or more than 44%, may have been preventable.

The reason? These deaths were associated with avoidable risk factors such as

  • smoking,
  • use of alcohol, and
  • a high body mass index (BMI) – which is indicative of obesity.

The researchers found that more men than women died from cancers caused by known risk factors, “in part because males tend to smoke and drink alcohol more than females. Men

are also more likely to work in jobs that expose them to risk factors.”

These striking findings are based upon research published in The Lancet.

Read more in Nature

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