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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) just released an important new report— more than 50% of cancers are preventable.

More specifically, the report states that “more than 50 percent of the 585,720 cancer deaths expected to occur in the United States in 2014 will be related to preventable causes.”

This is important news and should encourage us all to strive for healthier lifestyles.  Our choices do make a difference.

So how do we reduce the risk of cancer?

As you can see in the graph below, tobacco use and excess body weight contribute to a significant number of preventable cancers each year.  Avoid all tobacco exposure and strive for a healthier body weight.

Other important factors include being physically active, choosing a healthy diet,  minimizing sun exposure, and receiving vaccinations.

 

Source: American Institute for Cancer Research

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