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10 Steps To Reduce Cancer Risk Suggested By Global Experts In A Cancer Prevention Report

10 Steps To Reduce Cancer Risk Suggested By Global Experts In A Cancer Prevention Report
The vital relationship between cancer diagnoses and diet, physical activity and weight were confirmed in a new study that examined the lifestyle factors that could prevent cancer. The study was released internationally on Wednesday.  10 cancer prevention recommendations were summarized as advice for cancer prevention – the most reliable analysis available yet, by independent experts from across the globe who arrived at the conclusion after reviewing scientific evidence dating back a few decades.
Evidence-based recommendations were presented based on rigorous analysis of the science ion the Third Expert Report titled ‘Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective’ by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund.
Nearly half of all cancer diagnoses can be prevented by maintaining a healthy body weight, modifying what people eat, being more physically active and other health-related choices, shows the evidence from the report.
Earlier similar analysis carried out between 1997 and 2007 on what measures people should take to significantly reduce personal cancer risks had similar outcomes to what this study has found out from examination of data of 51 million people, which included 3.5 million cancer affected cases in 17 cancers.
"At a time when each individual scientific study seems to contradict a previous one, it is essential to examine the entirety of the research to understand the real impact of various risks," said Kelly Browning, Chief Executive Officer of AICR. "The evidence is clear that making changes to diet and exercise and maintaining a healthy weight cuts cancer risks, regardless of age. The message may not be glamorous, but these changes can save your life."
Cancer is diagnosed in about 40 percent of men and women in the United States within their lifetimes according to data but the researchers have claimed that it is possible to prevent many of these diagnoses. Limiting the amount of sugar-sweetened and alcoholic beverages consumed, consuming a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans; and keeping a healthy weight are among the guidance that were given as recommendations in the report.
"Following this package of diet, exercise and lifestyle recommendations is the best way you can lower your odds of getting cancer," said Alice Bender, MS, RDN, Director of Nutrition Programs at AICR. "Making lifestyle changes takes some effort, but the rewards can be life-changing. Fortunately, AICR offers tools and support to help people put these recommendations into action."
These recommendaito0ns formed the basis of an easy-to-use tool - Cancer Health Check, launched by AICR along with the report, that exhibits the manner in which an individual’s life style stands up against known cancer risks. The tool also identifies the changes that an individual can make to follow AICR's evidence-based Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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