Modifiable risk factors for cancer

C. J. Stein, G. A. Colditz

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Abstract

Over 6 million people around the world die from cancer each year. Modifiable risk factors have been linked to a wide range of malignancies, including cancers of the oropharynx, oesophagus, larynx, lung, kidney, bladder, pancreas, skin, stomach, ovary, breast, cervix, uterus, prostate, and colon. Research indicates that over half of all cancers in developed countries could be prevented if we implemented population-wide measures to promote the following behaviours: reduce tobacco use, increase physical activity, control weight, improve diet, limit alcohol, utilise safer sex practices, get routine cancer screening tests, and avoid excess sun exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-303
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Volume90
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 26 2004

Keywords

  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Prevention
  • Screening
  • Tobacco

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