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Cancer ISN’T all in your genes: Up to 90% of cases ‘could be wiped out by avoiding triggers caused by our unhealthy lifestyles’

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(NaturalNews) A study published in the journal Nature reinforces what health-minded people have long-known: lifestyle plays a huge role in whether or not a person develops cancer; it’s not solely relegated to their genes. As such, behaviors like eating healthy foods and not smoking are key factors in cancer prevention. In fact, upwards of 90 percent of cases could be “wiped out,” by swapping unhealthy lifestyle choices for healthier ones.(1,2)

The information stems from researchers who set out to assess – and ultimately debunk – the ongoing “bad luck” cancer debate. Many experts maintain that cancer development is mostly linked with chance mutations involving a “… strong correlation between tissue-specific cancer risk and the lifetime number of tissue-specific stem-cell divisions.” However, there’s much more to it, as the study published in Nature points out.(2)

The study, entitled, Substantial contribution of extrinsic risk factors to cancer development, notes that “…the rates of endogenous mutation accumulation by intrinsic processes are not sufficient to account for the observed cancer risks.” It concluded that “… cancer risk is heavily influenced by extrinsic factors. These results are important for strategizing cancer prevention, research and public health.”(2)

‘Cancer isn’t just all about genes’ Dr. Emma Smith of Cancer Research UK says in a video that while a few cancers exist “by chance in our DNA,” many are bought on by external factors. This, she says, is “good news” because it means many cancers are preventable. She goes on to explain that the study builds a strong, scientifically-backed “wall of evidence” demonstrating that “cancer isn’t just down to genes.” She says that four in ten cancers in the UK could be preventable – if people were to make significant lifestyle changes including eating healthier foods, maintaining a proper weight and quitting smoking.(1)

Other factors identified as ways to help wipe out cancer cases included reducing alcohol consumption and avoiding pollution. While one can’t help where they’re born or how they’re raised, or avoid certain environmental circumstances brought about by job and family situations, there are many ways a person can – as the study makes clear – reduce their risk of developing cancer.(1)

How you can reduce your cancer risk
Avoid processed foods So while you may not easily be able to pack your bags and move your entire family to a new state or country where air pollution isn’t problematic, you can engage in other healthy behaviors.

For example, diet plays a significant role in keeping cancer at bay. A division of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer, released information earlier this year stating that red meat is “probably carcinogenic to humans” and that processed meats are “carcinogenic to humans.” The likes of bacon and hot dogs are made using all kinds of health-harming methods designed to preserve the food and enhance flavors.(3)



Exercise more As far as keeping your weight