Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Cutting out booze and bacon dramatically reduces cancer risk

Cutting out booze and bacon dramatically reduces cancer risk

It also states that even small amounts of alcohol can increase the risk.

Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, Steve Pratt, says he supports the WCRF's recent statement.

This is despite the fact that no link was found between BMI and the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer.

Up to 40% of cancers are preventable, says the World Cancer Research Fund, launching its updated report on the reasons for the global spread.

In addition to rapid and lasting weight loss and a passel of other health benefits, bariatric surgery has now been linked to a 61% reduction in the risk of developing malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer most closely associated with excessive sun exposure.

Reducing consumption of red meat, processed meats, and dairy can drastically reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer, according to new research released by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

The study, which will be presented at the European Congress on Obesity, found a heightened risk among children who were overweight at eight years old and went on to have above average weight gain during puberty. Processed meats like bacon increase risk of colorectal, lung, stomach, pancreas, and esophagus. Magdalena Taube and colleagues at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have shown that obese people who undergo stomach-shrinking bariatric surgery and lose a quarter of their weight have a dramatically decreased risk of the cancer.

The respected global authority has unveiled a 10-point plan to cut your risk of getting cancer by up to 40%.

"This means that for those kids that you can, in school healthcare, catch and if you can change their trajectory during puberty you can do a lot for their risk of colon cancer". It encouraged people to reduce or eliminate consumption of red meat and sugar-sweetened drinks, along with changing their diet and lifestyle.

WCRF also states that it is imperative for people try to keep their weight within a healthy range, and hoped that people would watch their portion sizes and read food labels.

To assess the impact of this intervention on cancer outcomes, investigators merged the data from the Oslo study with data from the Cancer Registry of Norway and the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry from 1972-1973 to the end of 2015.

Dr Giota Mitrou, WCRF's director of research funding and external relations, said there is "very strong evidence for a package of lifestyle behaviours as a blueprint for cancer prevention". As more countries adopt "western" lifestyles, moving less and eating more junk food, the number of new cases of cancer is expected to rise.

It found that the regular consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks increases the risk of cancer because it causes weight gain, overweight and obesity. She also called on the government to act to curb junk food marketing.

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