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An article in The Daily Mail reports on research that suggests nearly 40% of cancer deaths (nearly 3.1 million people) could be prevented by making changes to lifestyle. The study was published in the International Journal of Cancer last week.
Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) Berghofer in Australia suggest that unhealthy eating, smoking and drinking can be linked to 30.4% of all cancer deaths. While five other lifestyle factors, such as exposure to excessive UV radiation, obesity and lack of exercise, can be linked to a further 14.4 per cent of deaths (1.2 million people).
The study suggests that even marginal improvements in these areas, such as tackling obesity, will have a huge impact on reducing the number of people who die prematurely from cancer each year.