Scientists say, a healthy life requires five essential factors not smoking, keeping body weight in check,a regular physical activity, a healthy diet and limited alcohol consumption.Analyzing data collected over decades from about three hundred forty thousand people around the world,researchers in Britain found that those who met all five requirements were thirty two percent less likely to develop lung, breast or colon cancer, the most common cancers.
“Looking at things like obesity.It’s you may see different results, slightly different results in different studies.But when you add them all together into one set of analyses, it really helps give you a full picture of what’s going on.”
Dr. Anne McTiernan, the researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle,says the increased availability of food with high content of fat, sugar and salt, is contributing to rising rates of diabetes and obesity.Most people know they should avoid fast food yet, because it is so available many have trouble changing their diet.But Dr. McTiernan says people should not wait for the government or industry to make their food choices.
“I would say, get educated, figure out if you are gaining weight over time, figure out if you have a high risk of cancer.And then take steps yourself and things that you can do for yourself in your family.”Scientists, in the US, are working on a simple blood test that could detect several types of cancer much earlier than before,raising the chance of stopping its development.
“For some people, an early indication of cancer can be a teachable moment, a time where they’re more aware that they’re at risk.And that they could be making changes, and perhaps don’t want to make changes.”
Dr. McTiernan says, her own research shows that getting someone who is overweight or obese to lose weight,or someone who is inactive to become active, can really reduce the risk of cancer.
George Putic VOA News.