Study: U.S. cancer deaths are mostly preventable

Americans can prevent their risk of dying from cancer simply by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology. Such lifestyle change would decrease cancer deaths by 67 percent for men and 59 percent for women. Similarly, a healthy lifestyle would drop the discovery of new cancers by 41 percent in women and 63 percent in men.

What does this study mean by a “healthy lifestyle”? Don’t smoke, don’t drink too much, maintain a body mass index between 18.5 and 27.5, and exercise 75 to 150 minutes weekly.

So, maybe it’s time to cut back a drink or two at happy hour and jump on an elliptical.

About 89,500 white women and 46,300 white men participated in the study, which looked at deaths of carcinoma (all cancers except skin, brain, lymphatic, hematologic and nonfatal prostate malignancies). The study only looked at Caucasians to avoid any “racial distributions.”

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