There have been a number of things cited for why people get cancer. But one of the them? Lifestyle choices. And a new study from the December issue of the British Journal of Cancer has found that four common lifestyle factors may be responsible for one-third of all cancers. One-third!
After looking at a number of lifestyle and environmental factors, researchers narrowed down the list to tobacco, diet, alcohol, and obesity as the most important risk factors for cancers of all kinds. Scientists also looked at factors such as a lack of fruit and vegetables, lack of fiber, eating red and processed meat, too much salt, inactivity, radiation and HPV.
Although smoking was found to be the biggest risk factor, there were some surprises. Researchers told Medscape News that they didn't expect being overweight to have a greater effect than alcohol in women.
The bottom line? More than 33 percent of cancers could be prevented if we all didn't smoke, ate a healthy diet, drank alcohol in moderation and maintained a healthy weight. With so many initiatives to find a cure for cancer, it seems like a healthy lifestyle is one research-backed way to help stop cancer before it even begins — or at least greatly reduce your risk!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.