Monday, March 31, 2008

You May Be the Key to Cancer Prevention

Up to half of cancer deaths could be avoided with lifestyle changes, experts say

“Imagine therapies that could cut cancer deaths in half. Well, these ‘breakthrough’ treatments are here, according to a recent American Cancer Society report that said as many as 50 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented with lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting screened for certain malignancies. ‘Nearly half of all cancer is related to two things -- tobacco and obesity,’ said Dr. Jay Brooks, chief of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge, La. ‘That's something I don't think people truly grasp.’

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