Lifestyle changes can prevent 43% of cancers

This is important because more than 40% of cancer cases can be potentially prevented with simple lifestyle changes, according to new research from the American Cancer Society .

A whooping 42% of cancers and 50% of all cancer deaths in the United States in 2014 were linked to high risk factors that could have been “mitigated by effective preventive strategies.” In other words, your health is in your hands.

There are few diagnoses as scary as cancer. Every year, 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer and 7.6 million people die each year with this disease. But according to new research carried out by the American Cancer Society, the number can be halved if everyone makes a simple lifestyle change.

Looking at adults in the United States who were 30 years or older in 2014, researchers have established a link between “invasive cancer cases and death” and “potential ways to change exposure to the disease,” namely:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Excess body weight
  • Alcohol intake
  • Consumption of red or processed meat
  • Low consumption of fruits, vegetables, fiber and calcium
  • Physical inactivity
  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • Six cancer-related infections, including HPV and HIV.
  • Six cancer-associated infections, including HPV and HIV

Looking at the total numbers of cancers and deaths linked to 26 cancers and taking into account the risk factors listed above, researchers have found that an estimated 43% of all cancer cases accounted for almost half of cancer deaths in the United States in 2014 and were due to the associated risk factors, many of which could have been mitigated by effective preventive strategies such as excise taxes on tobacco and vaccination against HPV and HBV infections. ”

The most dangerous factor turned out to be cigarette smoking, which “accounted for the largest number of cancer cases”, accounting for the highest proportion of cancer cases (19% or 298,970) and deaths (28.8% or 168,180 deaths). of weight was the second major risk factor, causing 7.8% of cases and 6.5% of deaths, followed by alcohol intake, which is linked to 5.6% of cases and 4% of deaths.

Looking specifically at men, smoking was related to 84% of all lung cancers and 75% to cancers of the larynx. Overweight has contributed to more than 30% of cases of bladder, liver, kidney and esophageal cancer. However, alcohol contributes to 46% of cancers in the oral cavity and 25% of cancers of the liver and larynx. The fact is that these factors are actually controllable … for you.

Simple lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, cutting back on drinking, getting more exercise, and taking more notice of what you’re doing can all help keep the cancer away. What’s more? The researchers concluded that these results may actually be “underestimating the proportion of attribution of these cancers to modifiable factors because the impact of all established risk factors could not be modified, and many modifiable risk factors are not yet defined as causal . ”

These findings may seem intuitive, but they serve as a scientific proof that we as individuals are much more in control than we think, and this is something powerful that we can believe.

Central Issue

If we do not take care of our body, who is going to do it for you?


43% of all cancers can be prevented with changes in lifestyle.


Smoking accounts for 84% of lung cancer cases in men. .


Author: Deborah Odejide

She is a US-based Nigerian, a physician in the Department of Dermatology at the Sensix College of Medicine in Charleston. She was formerly a zoologist with a special interest in how animals communicate using chemical smells.