It Is Possible To Prevent Cancer, Says Experts’ Report

Cancer Research, News — By on October 22, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Eat healthy, stay active, and quit smoking. These time-honored prescriptions for a cancer-free life were given their latest endorsement at a recent seminar in Beijing. Cancer ranks as the number one cause of death among Chinese urban residents below the age of 65. The deadliest cancers are those of the lungs, liver, stomach, oesophagus, colon and rectum, based on the number of deaths.

The report’s recommendations include cutting down on high-calorie carbohydrates and meats, drinking little or no alcohol, avoiding poorly preserved foods, not relying on nutritional supplements, and breastfeeding.

It is estimated that by 2015, 10 percent of Chinese people will be obese. Obesity is prevalent in the UK and the US. But the good news is, the risk can still be avoided in China. What is important is that we want to spread the word to the world that people can choose a lifestyle to lower their risk of cancer.”

A team of 21 internationally renowned experts have compared and evaluated the results of 7,000 relevant studies, and drawn from them 10 recommendations for preventing the disease. They have compiled their findings into a report titled Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective.

The report provides convincing evidence that most cancers are preventable,” says Chen Junshi, a member of the expert panel. The report was first published by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) in English and its Chinese version, released at the seminar, is the only full report published in another language.

“The Chinese people’s lifestyle is changing rapidly,” says Chen. “They are eating less fiber and more fat – and more people are obese or overweight as a result.”

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