We know that a Western diet is spreading obesity far and wide. But as bad Western habits make their way across the globe it seems the risk of cancer is on the rise as well, according to a report released by the American Cancer Society and published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. According to a story initially reported in Business Week, that I saw on Natural News, a new report warned that changing lifestyles linked with economic growth have increased instances of cancer worldwide. Lifestyle changes in conjunction with economical stability and growth include adopting a sedentary way of life, smoking, and eating an unhealthy diet.
American Cancer Society chief medical officer Dr. Otis W. Brawley said this in an editorial accompanying the report:
[A]bout one-third of all cancer deaths that occurred worldwide in 2008 (equal to roughly 7,300 deaths per day) might have been avoided by focusing on preventable risk factors such as smoking, drinking, infection patterns and dietary habits.
The study added that the 2008 numbers (12.7 million new cancer cases and 7.6 million cancer deaths) were expected to double by 2030 as the population grows and ages.
But it's no secret that many of these risk factors can be controlled through a healthy low impact way of life. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle by walking or biking to work each morning. Walk or run your errands and skip the car whenever possible. Eat a whole foods diet and make sure you know where every ingredient was sourced. And obviously smoking is out. I wrote over on Planet Green about Christina Pirello and some of her recommendations for prevention like cutting alcohol intake to special occasions and avoiding processed foods and yo-yo dieting as well. Some cancer risk factors are out of our hands but this study shows that many are not.
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