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Friday, May 20, 2016

Lifestyle Changes Can Dramatically Cut Cancer Incidence

About 20% to 40% of cancer cases and about half of all cancer deaths can potentially be avoided by making modifications in lifestyle, according to new findings.

After investigating cancer risk among a portion of the US white population, the authors of a large cohort study concluded that a large proportion of cancer cases and related mortality could be prevented if people did not smoke, drank only a little alcohol, maintained a healthy weight (ie, maintained a body mass index [BMI] of 18.5 to 27.5), and exercised regularly at moderate intensity (ie, at least 150 minutes of vigorous exercise for at least 75 minutes every week).

The impact may even be larger — about 40% to 70% of cancer cases ― for the general white population, who for the most part follow worse lifestyle patterns than the study cohort, the investigators note.

The study was published online May 19 in JAMA Oncology.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/863616

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