At least on-third of cancer deaths may be preventable
Unfortunately, advances in cancer treatement have not been as effective as those for other chronic diseases. Part of the reason is that effective screening methods are availalbe for only a few types of cancer.
More than one-third of cancer deaths are attributable to nine modifiable risk factors. Primary prevention through lifestyle and evironmental interventions are the main way to reduce the main burden of cancer.
The leading risk factors for death from cancer worldwide and in low-and middle-income countries are:
- Alcohol use
- Low consumtion of fruits and vegetables
For women in low- and middle- income countries, sexual transmission of human papilloma virus (HPV) is also a leading risk factor for cervical cancer. Smoking, alchohol use, and overweight and obesity are the most important causes of cancer in high-income countries (ie USA).
Reduction of exposure to key behavioral and evironmental risk factors would prevent a substantial proportion of deaths from cancer.
Source: Lancet 2005;366:1784-1793
I think I mentioned cancer prevention in a previous posting, but correct me if I'm wrong. It is really important to also look at your own home as a cancer causing environment- there are many products on the market that have ingredients that are only being tested now and labled as cancer causing ingredients. Try going organic, or research a company that sells non-toxic products. There are many companies out there that really do have products that are chemical free. You just need to do your research to find the product that will work best for you.