Published on February 7th, 2013 | by George Conte0
Cancer prevention diet
According to “Cancer Research UK”, a new research shows that 40% of cancers are preventable. Researchers, report that more than 100,000 cases of cancer diagnosed in the UK each year can be directly related to specific factors like: smoking, diet, alcohol and obesity. They have found that by gathering data from epidemiological surveys. The professor, epidemiologist and team member Max Parkin, says that it is clear that about 40% of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change.
Risk factors for men
The researchers found that from the 158,700 cases of cancer diagnosed in men the first 6 risk factors and the proportion of cancers attributable to them are as follows:
Absence of fruits and vegetables: 6.1%
Work environment (eg exposure to asbestos): 4.9%.
Excessive exposure to sun and solarium: 3.5%
Risk factors for women
Infections (eg HPV): 3,7%
Excessive exposure to sun and solarium: 3.6%
Absence of fruits and vegetables: 3.4%
Researchers commented about the results: “We did not expect to find that eating fruit and vegetables could be very important in protecting men against cancer. Among women we did not expect that obesity would have a greater effect than alcohol. “
Researchers collected information on 14 risk factors total. From them there were another 3 dietary habits associated with increased cancer: consumption of red and processed meat (eg sausages), lack of fiber, and increased consumption of salt.
What we can do to protect ourselves from cancer
There are many things we can do to protect ourselves from cancer. From a nutrition standpoint, this means:
The researchers created a poster you can see here in pdf form: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Attributable-risk-circles-poster.pdf