45% Of Male Cancers, 40% Female Cancers Preventable According To Study

While we all know that a significant proportion of cancers are preventable, a recent British study has attempted to quantify the precise percentage of cancers that could be prevented through lifestyle and environmental changes. The authors found that a massive 45% of male cancers and 40% of female cancers could be prevented through simple behavioural changes.

The research, which was led by Professor Max Parkin of the Centre for Cancer Prevention at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, involved the identification of 14 factors that are known to be related to cancer risk.

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Regular Exercise May Cut Cancer Risk In Men

A man bikingA new study, conducted by Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute, has suggested that men who engage in moderate physical exercise in a regular basis have a reduced risk of developing and subsequently dying from cancer.

The study was published this month in the British Journal of Cancer and involved the study of 40,708 Swedish men aged between 45 and 79 who were questioned on their exercise habits.

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Obesity Linked To Cancer Of Pancreas, Liver, Bladder & Prostate

Most people know that being overweight increases your risk of developing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. What a lot of people don’t realise however is that being overweight also increases your risk of developing many forms of cancer.

The most comprehensive study on the environmental and lifestyle factors responsible for cancer is known as “The Cancer Prevention Study 2″. The study was conducted from 1982 to 1997 and followed 1.2 million American men and women

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Exercise Reduces Colon Cancer Risk By Up To 44 Percent

Man on bikeJust one hour of walking a week could be enough exercise to reduce a persons colon cancer risk by almost a third according to a recent American study published in the International Journal of Cancer.

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine followed over 79,000 women between the ages of 40 and 65 for a period of 16 years. 547 women developed colon cancer over the study period.

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Ten Easy Ways To Lower Your Cancer Risk

Medical experts believe that up to two-thirds of all cancers can be attributed to poor lifestyle and dietary choices.

The types of cancer considered to be the most preventable include some of the most common and deadly forms of cancer in the western world such as lung, colorectal, breast, and stomach cancer.

Here are some simple tips to help reduce your chances of developing cancer:

  • Keep your fat intake below 30% of your total calories - Both saturated and unsaturated forms of fat have been linked to the development of some cancers. Trans fats in particular are thought to increase susceptibility to prostate and breast cancers.
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