Experts: diet, lifestyle could stop 40% of cancer


UK -- Up to 40 percent of worldwide cases of cancer could be prevented if people followed "reasonable and appropriate" diets, exercised regularly and maintained normal body weight, an international team of scientists reported last fall.

They said they hoped their work will be seen as a "call to action" since there currently are an estimated 10.3 million new cases of cancer worldwide each year and with the number expected to rise to 14.7 million by 2020.

In one of the strongest messages yet linking diet and lifestyle to cancer, a 15-member scientific panel of the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund announced in London that diet, physical activity and body weight appear to have considerable influence on the risk of developing 20 "different types" of malignancy.

In alignment with majority oncological thought, the AICR/WCRF believe there are hundreds of "types" of cancer.
The diet scientists pointed to in the London report as being anti-carcinogenic -- and strongly redolent of anti-cancer eating plans advanced by metabolic/holistic/alternative physicians for decades -- consists mostly of fruits, vegetables, beans and grains. The savants added walking briskly for an hour a day and maintaining healthy body weight as part of the plan.

Supporting hundreds of research conclusions over the past several years, the London report showed that just by eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day cancer cases could be reduced by 20 percent or more over time.

"What you eat, how much you weigh and how much you exercise are extremely important contributions toward your protection against cancer," said panel chairman John Potter, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle.
Cancer is largely preventable, the report says; the chief causes are tobacco use and inappropriate diets.

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The panel of 15 scientists met over the course of three years to review 4,500 studies on the cancer-diet link.

The scientists carne from eight countries, including China, India, Cambodia and Mexico. The report was peer-reviewed by about 150 other experts before publication, a spokesman for the American Institute for Cancer Research said.

Entitled "Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer. A Global Perspective," the 670-page document released in October contains 14 specific recommendations, which the authors believe are supported by scientific evidence.
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