Sometimes, it might seem impossible to escape cancer, but a new study has revealed a simple way to keep the disease away. By performing a few lifestyle changes, people can prevent around 40 percent of all cases of cancer. Also, the same changes might improve cancer survival rate, as they can prevent one in two deaths related to the disease.
Several lifestyle changes can keep cancer away
To develop this study, researchers collected data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the National Cancer Institute. Researchers looked at the incidence of the disease in the US and the number of cases which proved fatal. The conclusion they reached was the fact that about half of all these cases were preventable.
Around 12.7 million people get cancer every year, and 7.6 million die because of the disease. However, there are a few ways to reduce these numbers. Enforcing more taxes on cigarettes which might cut smoking rates, as well as developing vaccination programs for HPV and HBV could really be effective in the fight against cancer.
Most cancer cases are associated with lifestyle factors
The main purpose of the study was to identify which factors contributed to the development of the disease. A suitable diet which is poor in fruits, vegetables, and fibers, and rich in red meat has a great impact on the disease risk. Also, other factors are alcohol consumption, sedentariness, obesity and, of course, smoking.
Therefore, performing a few lifestyle changes and giving up bad habits might really increase your chances of not developing the disease. The figures showed most cases of cancer were associated with these risk factors, with 659,640 cases out of 1,570,975. Also, six other infections were mentioned in the study as contributing to these cases. The infections included HPV, AIDS, and hepatitis C.