According to an article on msnbc.com, about a third of all common cancers in the United States, China and Britain could be prevented if people made some simple lifestyle changes.
Eating healthier foods, drinking less alcohol and exercising more often are all easy changes we can make to reduce cancer risk. The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) estimate that these lifestyle changes could prevent approximately 40% of breast cancers alone, as well as other forms of colon, prostate and stomach cancers.
"It is distressing that even in 2011, people are dying unnecessarily from cancers that could be prevented through maintaining a healthy weight, diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors," Martin Wiseman, a WCRF medical and scientific adviser, said in statement.
In the United States, the WCRF states that approximately 340,000 cancer cases, or 35%, are preventable.
Organizations can explicitly tell people how much exercise they need and what kind of food they need to eat, the harder part is getting people to actually make those changes. People need to be proactive in preventing cancer.
These lifestyle changes will not cure cancer, but they are simple steps we can take every day to prevent it.