Adherence to cancer prevention guidelines 'effectively reduces disease risk'

24 June 2016

A new study has offered evidence that adhering to cancer prevention guidelines can effectively reduce a person's risk of developing the disease.

Published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, the research identified studies published within the past decade that analysed the benefits of adhering to cancer prevention guidance from the American Cancer Society and the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research.

Sticking to the guidelines was shown to be associated with a ten to 45 percent reduction in all cancer incidence, as well as a 14 to 61 percent reduction in all cancer mortality. Positive correlations were observed for breast, endometrial and colorectal cancer.

People who followed more of the recommendations were seen to derive stronger benefits. Women who followed at least five recommendations were 60 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, with the risk falling by 11 percent for each additional guideline.

Lead researcher Lindsay Kohler said: "Following these recommendations will lead to healthier lives overall and, in turn, reduce the risk for many major diseases."

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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