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Cancer study provides healthy ways to prevent cancer

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Most of us remember our parents telling us to eat our vegetables and play outside. And the American Institute for Cancer Research says 30 years of studies tell us maybe mom and dad were right.

Experts said 30 years of research have concluded that diet, weight, and activity play major roles in risk for cancer.

Alice Bender is Director of nutrition programs with the American Institute for Cancer Research. She said there are a number of cancers influenced by these health factors.

“Some of the most common cancers including colorectal, breast cancer, liver, stomach, some of the oral cancers like mouth pharynx and larynx, esophageal, kidney cancer, endometrial cancer.”

Bender said roughly 40 percent of cases of these cancers are preventable if people remain active and healthy.

She said that means eating whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables, as well as drinking water and avoiding sweetened drinks.

 

More information on the cancer study is at the AICR website.

 

To take an online cancer health check, click here.