Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in high income countries. It is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes and triggers, such as genetics, diet, environmental carcinogens, and unhealthy habits.
The most common forms of cancer in the world are breast, colorectal and lung cancers, contributing to more than 43% of all cases combined.
Although people’s risk of getting different types of cancers are to an extent are hereditary, there are many ways to reduce the risk through both engaging in and avoiding certain habits and behaviors.
In fact, research suggests that only about 5 percent of cancers are hereditary. Therefore, our lifestyle choices such as diet choices and exercise levels directly have an affect the chance of getting cancer.
Some habits and behaviors that can reduce the chance of getting cancer include:
○Drinking alcohol only in moderation
○Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
○Avoid processed meats