Prevention Can Cut Cancer Deaths in Half

Published on April 9, 2012

Updated on February 13, 2018

Over 500,000 people died from cancer last year, yet over half of them could have been prevented, according to a new review article in Science Translational Medicine. There are multiple ways that some cancers can be prevented. Here are a few:

1 – Don’t smoke. If you do, quit. It may be hard, but more than 75% of lung cancer cases could be avoided in the U.S. if people didn’t smoke.

2 – Ask your healthcare provider about vaccines for HPV and hepatitis, which can cut liver and cervical cancer rates in half.

3 – Get more exercise and drink less alcohol to decrease breast cancer risk.

The authors of the article also pointed out that studies should be done with a younger age group since lifestyle choices made early in life can impact cancer risk later. Study participants are usually followed for a few years, but in order to see long term effects, the authors suggest participants should be followed for much longer.

Read the full Huffington Post article.

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