Did you know that over 340,000 cases of cancer could be prevented if Americans moved more, weighed less and ate healthier? The United States has the 7th
overall highest cancer rate in the world according to the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR).
February is National Cancer Prevention Month. This month is dedicated to encouraging people to make small changes in their lifestyle to reduce their cancer risk. AICR has outlined ways to reduce your cancer risk including being as lean as possible without being underweight, being more active, avoiding sugary drinks and eating more of a variety of vegetables.
Is there a link between obesity and cancer? The number of obese people in the US has more than doubled in the past 50 years. Excess body fat can increase
risks for many diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Excess body fat also has a direct correlation to at least 12 cancers including esophageal
cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, stomach cancer, kidney cancer, advanced prostate cancer and more.
Excess body fat puts people at a higher risk for cancer due to fat cells produce hormones that promote cell growth; the more these cells split the higher
the risk of cancer. Besides not smoking, staying active and being a healthy body weight are the top ways to reduce your cancer risk.