“Certain Diets Can Reduce The Cancer Risk”

Tragically, the overall incidence of cancer continues to rise. More than half of all people born in 1960 will develop cancer at some point in their lives. This new estimate replaces the previous figure, which predicted that more than one in three people would develop cancer. Still, many Americans remain unaware of the key risk factors for cancer, even though these risk factors can be reduced by making lifestyle changes. This is likely due to the fact that more people are surviving into old age, where cancer is more common. The old adage is that if you live long enough, you will get cancer. A 2015 study, in the British Journal of Cancer, reported that the lifetime risk of developing cancer is 53.5% for men and 47.5% for women. Compared with people born in 1930, that is an increase of 15% for men and 11% for women. So, we need to be aware that there are believed to be many ways to help prevent cancer. Smoking, inactivity, consumption of alcohol, diets high in red meat, diets low in vegetables and fruits, and consumption of processed meats are thought to increase one’s chances of developing cancer. Being physically active, staying a healthy weight, and eating a plant-based diet has the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands of cancer cases each year. A new study claims that a specific cancer-prevention diet that emphasizes more vegetables and physical activity, and less red meat and alcohol, reduced overall cancer risk as well as the risk for several types of cancer.

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