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7th Oct

2015

One in three cancers preventable!

Almost one third of all cancers diagnosed in Australia could have been prevented, new research has found. (article from Henry Belot)

Cancer Council-commissioned research estimated 37,000 cancer cases in 2010 were caused by factors such as smoking, UV exposure, alcohol and obesity.

The study, published in The ANZ Journal of Public Health, estimated that 33% of all cancers in men and 31% in women were avoidable.

The research linked 3917 cancer cases to obesity, including one in five kidney cancers, one in 10 colon cancers and 8% of all post-menopausal breast cancers. An additional 7000 cases were linked to a poor diet.

According to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data, two out of three Australian adults and one in four children are overweight or obese.

ACT Heart Foundation chief executive Tony Stubbs said small changes to lifestyle and eating habits could make a big difference.

Lifestyle changes alone could prevent 37,000 cancer cases in Australia each year, according to the study, which puts the onus on individual responsibility to maintain good health.

“Smoking is one of the key things that threaten heart disease and cancer so people who smoke should be seeking assistance to quit, although there are other factors such as being physically inactive and overweight”

“We need to ensure 30 minutes of physical activity a day with two services of fruit and five serves of vegetables, while also reducing the amount of processed food and drink we consume.” (ACT Heart Foundation chief executive Tony Stubbs)

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