Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lifestyle a huge factor when it comes to cancer

Almost half of all new cancer diagnoses can be blamed on
poor lifestyle choices, a UK report says.
The Cancer Research UK report says more than 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the UK each year are caused by avoidable life choices such as smoking, drinking and eating badly, according to a recent BBC article.

Tobacco tops the list of bad choices, followed by a lack of fruits and vegetable for men and being overweight for women.

The researchers behind the report say it shows that people can do more to help prevent cancer and not blame it on genes or bad luck.

Among the common-sense lifestyle changes the experts recommend:
  • Stop smoking
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Watch your weight
  • Exercise regularly

Leading a healthy lifestyle does not guarantee that there won’t be any cancer, but it stacks the odds in your favor, experts say.

One in 25 of cancers is linked to a person's job, such as being exposed to chemicals or asbestos, the report says.

Researchers and cancer experts are asking the government to make a healthy lifestyle a public health issue.

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