Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Preventing Cancer: Does This New Report Make a Difference?


I'm sometimes easily swayed by health studies; a few years ago I completely cut out soda after reading a pretty convincing article about how terrible it was for our bodies. Meanwhile, of course we know that exercise and diet is important... and I try to jog when I can... but per the LA Times, it's now even more conclusive that we need to eat/drink less and exercise more to help precent cancer:

Roughly half of cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented or forestalled if all Americans quit smoking, cut back on drinking, maintained a healthful weight and got at least 150 minutes of exercise each week, according to a new report.

These same measures would also reduce the number of new cancer diagnoses by 40% to 70%. For men, universal embrace of this lifestyle could avert or delay 67% of cancer deaths and prevent 63% of new malignancies each year, researchers calculated. If all of the nation’s women did the same, their yearly cancer mortality rates would fall by 59% and new cancers would drop 41%.
Will this be enough to convince me to *really* start watching my diet and cutting back on all those glasses of wine? How about you?

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