Nearly 40,000 cancers diagnosed in Australia can be prevented if people avoid known risk factors for the disease, according to research published today."
The Conversation interviewed Ian Olver. Director, Sansom Institute for Health Research; Chair of Translational Cancer Research, University of South Australia, Tim Crowe, Associate Professor in Nutrition, Deakin University and Sanchia Aranda, Professor of Nursing, University of Melbourne for this article:
There's a nifty table Percentage of cancers attributable to risk factors where you can click on the respective tabs Tobacco, Alcohol and Obesity/Overweight to see the percentage of different cancer types attributed to these causes.
'Associate Professor in Nutrition at Deakin University, Tim Crowe, said while the research was significant in its credibility, there was no magic formula it exposed to avoiding cancer.
“It’s about eating plenty of plant-based foods and fibre, being active, not drinking too much and trying to maintain as healthy a body weight as possible,” he said.
“You could apply those recommendations to reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. It’s a common theme across many chronic diseases.”'
Worth keeping in mind considering our higher risk of secondary cancers.