Diet and lifestyle can prevent cancer

July 18, 2000 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Diet and lifestyle can prevent cancer

A study in the July 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine promoted researchers associated with the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) to remind the public that cancer is a disease that is largely preventable through changes to the diet, maintenance of a healthy weight, regular exercise, and avoidance of tobacco.

The study combined data on over 44,788 pairs of twins in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The study set out to determine the importance of genetic (inherited) and environmental (those associated with diet, lifestyle) factors.

The researchers concluded that an individual's environment makes a much larger contribution to his or her cancer risk than do inherited genetic factors.

The AICR estimates that 60 to 70 percent of all cancers can be avoided by making small, ongoing changes in what you eat and how you live. The changes that make the important difference include eating a diet rich in a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, being physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding tobacco.

For more information visit the AICR website at The organization offers a free brochure entitled "Simple Steps to Prevent Cancer" that provides practical guidelines for lowering your cancer risk.

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