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Simple Steps for Reducing the Risk of Cancer

A comprehensive analysis of research on lifestyle factors and cancer prevention, released internationally recently, confirms…

  • June 19, 2018

A comprehensive analysis of research on lifestyle factors and cancer prevention, released internationally recently, confirms the critical links between cancer diagnoses and diet, physical activity and weight.

Independent experts from across the globe reviewed decades of scientific evidence to develop the most reliable cancer prevention advice currently available, summarized in 10 cancer prevention recommendations.

The Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: A Global Perspective, released by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund presents evidence-based recommendations established from rigorous analysis of the science.

Follow These Steps:

  1. Be a healthy weight
  2. Be physically active
  3. Eat a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans
  4. Limit consumption of red and processed mean
  5. Limit consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks
  6. Limit alcohol consumption
  7. Do not use supplements for cancer prevention
  8. For mothers: breastfeed your baby, if you can

The evidence shows that modifying what people eat, being more physically active, having a healthy body weight and other health-related choices can prevent nearly half of all cancer diagnoses.

Based on a review of data from 51 million people, including 3.5 million cancer cases in 17 cancers, the evidence remains consistent with earlier analyses conducted in 1997 and 2007 on what actions people can take to dramatically cut personal cancer risks.

Many Cancer Cases Could Be Prevented

Data show approximately 40 percent of men and women in the United States are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes, but experts are unequivocal that many of these diagnoses can be prevented.

The recommendations in today’s report include guidance on keeping a healthy weight; consuming a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans; limiting the amount of sugar-sweetened and alcoholic beverages consumed; and others.

AICR today launched Cancer Health Check – an easy-to-use tool, which shows how your lifestyle stacks up against known cancer risks and outlines the changes you can make to follow AICR’s evidence-based Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

AICR’s New American Plate Challenge, led by registered dietitians, is a 12-week program providing information, recipes and the support of an online community to help participants incorporate changes into their daily routines. More than 5,000 individuals have already participated in the challenge.

For more information, visit www.cancerhealthcheck.org.

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