The Key to Cancer-Free

Healthy lifestyle habits may lower cancer risk

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Anyssa Garza, PharmD

(RxWiki News) There's no sure way to prevent cancer, but practicing a healthy lifestyle can help a lot, a new study found.

This study, published recently in JAMA Oncology, found cancer cases and death may be prevented if people didn't smoke, didn't drink too much, maintained a healthy body weight and exercised regularly.

As a result of these findings, the Harvard-affiliated researchers behind this study suggested that living a healthy lifestyle could prevent between 20 and 40 percent of overall cancer cases and around half of deaths related to cancer, one of the top causes of death in the United States.

This study included 89,571 women and 46,399 men. Although all of the patients in this study were white, these findings may not be applicable to other populations.  

Talk to your doctor about how to safely make your lifestyle healthier and how to help prevent cancer.

The National Institutes of Health funded this research. The authors disclosed no conflicts of interest.

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Review Date: 
May 21, 2016
Last Updated:
May 26, 2016