Even without any more medical advances, science already knows how to cut new cases of cancer by 60%.
A new study suggests that we could cut cancer deaths by half – and reduce the rate of new cancers by up to 60 percent – all without any new treatments.
In fact, it wouldn’t take any drugs at all. All we need to do is get people to follow the recommendations that doctors have been making for decades: don’t smoke, drink moderately, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly.
t least, that’s the message from a new study that looked at the lifestyles of more than 100,000 doctors and nurses in the US.
To make this clear right up front – lifestyle alone is never going to stop all cancers. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, the disease strikes totally at random, and it can happen to even the healthiest of people.
But the new study serves as a reminder that while we often focus all our money and effort on new treatments, there are already proven ways to reduce people’s risk of developing cancer.
“Some of the declines we have already seen in cancer mortality – the large decline in lung cancer – that was because of efforts to stop people from smoking,” Siobhan Sutcliffe, a public health scientists from Washington University in St. Louis, who wasn’t involved in the research, told Carolyn Y. Johnson from The Washington Post.
“Even while we’re making new discoveries, that shouldn’t stop us from acting on the knowledge we already do have.”
So is the prevention issue really that cut and dry? You can’t blame people for not following the guidelines when a lot of media coverage makes it sound like everything both causes and prevents cancer – what we can we do but throw our hands up and live our lives?
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