Monday, October 6, 2014

Half of Cancer Deaths are Preventable

More than half of the estimated cancer deaths projected to occur in the United States this year are related to preventable causes, states a major report on cancer research released earlier this month by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Preventable causes of cancer: tobacco use: 33%; obese or overweight: 20%; cancer-causing pathogens 16%; insufficient physical activity 5%; poor dietary habits 5%; ultraviolet exposure (sun, tanning devices) 2%. AACR’s fourth Cancer Progress Report focuses on diagnosis and treatment, but a significant part of the report highlights the research in prevention, using World Cancer Research Fund and AICR findings, along with other data.

“Our reports show that simply by eating well, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, Americans could prevent tens of thousands of cancer cases each year,” says AICR Vice President of Research Susan Higginbotham, PhD, RD.

For more information, the full report can be downloaded as a PDF.

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