Posted by September 15th, 2012
More than half of all cancers could be prevented, a researcher told the International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress 2012 , if only people actually followed the lifestyle recommendations and screening or other interventions that we already know prevent cancer.
The challenge, world experts say, is to get people doing what we know works.
Speaking at the World Congress in Montreal in early September, Graham Colditz, PD, DrPH from the Washington University School of Medicine, noted that one third of cancer in high-income countries is caused by smoking, and being overweight causes another 20% of cancers. He also estimated that increased exercise could reduce cancer by as much as 85% in coming decades.
Dr. Colditz also sited studies having 20 years of follow-up showing that aspirin is associated with a 40% reduction in mortality from colon cancer; and screening also has been shown to reduce mortality by 30 to 40%. Read the rest of this entry »