Healthy lifestyle 'can reduce cancer risk'

9 September 2011

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating a vegetable-based diet can significantly improve a person's chances of avoiding cancer.

Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific advisor for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), has reiterated advice to people on preventing cancer.

If nothing is done to tackle the rise in obesity worldwide, it will lead to more cases of cancer "as surely as night follows day", stated Prof Wiseman, adding that physical activity and eating low levels of unhealthy foods reduces this likelihood significantly.

"People can reduce their cancer risk - by not smoking, of course, but after that, by being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight," he explained.

The WCRF issued a warning to world leaders and key players vital to setting the global healthcare agenda that the upcoming United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, represented a 'once-in-a-generation' chance to avoid a public health disaster.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1 World Cancer Research Fund, "Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: A global Perspective". American Institute for Cancer Research. Ongoing publication at .

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