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Cancer is a preventable disease that requires major lifestyle changes.

A healthy lifestyle may contribute positively to cancer prevention.

Out of the 10 million cancer cases recorded worldwide annually, 5-10% are due to genetic defects while environmental and lifestyle factors account for about 90-95% of these cases. These factors are responsible for 75-80% of all cancer-related deaths. Thus, cultivating healthy habits, such as exercising regularly, minimizing stress, smoking cessation, limiting calorie and meat intake, avoiding alcohol, undergoing regular medical checkups and vaccinations, minimizing contact with pollutants, avoiding direct exposure to sunlight, and ingesting large quantities of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may help to prevent cancer. A healthy lifestyle is, therefore, essential to preventing cancer.

Research Summary Information

  • 2008
  • Anand P, Kunnumakkara AB, Sundaram C, Harikumar KB, Tharakan ST, Lai OS, Sung B, Aggarwal BB.
  • Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • Yes. Source of funding disclosure found
  • This research was supported by The Clayton Foundation for Research (to B.B.A.)
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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