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Healthy eating, living reduces cancer risk

Posted - Jul. 8, 2004 at 7:20 a.m.



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ROCHESTER, Minn., Jul 07, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A study of U.S. women has shown healthier lifestyles and eating habits can reduce their risk of developing cancer.

Mayo Clinic researchers found women who follow none or only one of nine recommended lifestyle guidelines created by the American Institute for Cancer Research have a 42 percent higher risk of dying from cancer.

Women who do not follow the guidelines also have a 35 percent higher risk of developing cancer compared to those who practice at least six of the recommendations.

"Furthermore, we estimate that if all the women in the study group had never smoked and followed a majority of the guidelines, approximately 30 percent of new cancers and cancer deaths could have been prevented or delayed in the study group," Dr. James Cerhan, head of the clinic's genetic epidemiology and risk assessment program, said in a statement.

AICR's nine recommendations include not smoking, engaging in moderate physical activity, limiting alcohol consumption, eating fruits and vegetables, and limiting their body mass index to no more than a value of 25.

The American Cancer Society estimates one in three women will develop cancer in her lifetime.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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