How Can You Prevent Cancer?

Is it preventable is the question. The Brittish Journal of Cancer released a report this week studying just that. Researchers found that our lifestyle choices account for 40% of cancers.

Lead author Prof Max Parkin said: “Many people believe cancer is down to fate or ‘in the genes’ and that it is the luck of the draw whether they get it.Looking at all the evidence, it’s clear that around 40% of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change.”

In my first book, Chill Out and Get Healthy, I talk about this topic quite a bit. In scientific terms, its called epigenetics. Basically, gene expression can be turned on or off depending on how we live our lives. This study supports the fact that certain lifestyle choices, like not eating enough fruit and vegetables, can “turn on” the bad cancer genes in our bodies.

The biggest take home for men on fighting cancer was to stop smoking and eat more vegetables and for women it was to keep their weight in a healthy range.

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