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No Matter What They Say, You Can Prevent Some Cancers

No Matter What They Say, You Can Prevent Some Cancers

Johns Hopkins researchers found that the majority of cancers of the pancreas, brain, bone or prostate are attributable to random and unpredictable genetic mutations. However, they also found that somewhere around 29 percent of all cancers are triggered by environment and/or lifestyle choices (and those cancers are often among the most prevalent); and just 5 percent by inherited genetic traits. Furthermore, they state, “Deleterious environmental … factors … can directly increase the mutation rate.”

From other studies, it’s well established that obesity is associated with an increased risk of cancer of the kidney, gallbladder, endometrium, ovaries, thyroid, liver and colon. For example, overweight women are two to four times more likely to be diagnosed with endometrial cancer.

Your power over cancer lies in avoiding toxins (tobacco is the most common one, but BPA, BPS and phthalates are also common); making smart food choices (avoiding trans and saturated fats, and taking half a multivitamin twice a day); physical activity (10,000 steps a day or the equivalent); getting seven to eight hours of sleep nightly; and stress-response reduction. That’s the formula for a long, healthy life. And it’s in your control.

Medically reviewed in September 2019.

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