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The Facts About Cancer: Facts vs. Fears

Facts v Fears brochureCancer is Americans’ number one health worry, but surveys report that many of us believe we can do nothing to protect ourselves. In fact, scientific evidence shows that we can protect ourselves from cancer. We know that how we eat and drink, how active we are each day, and how much we weigh – and whether we use tobacco – all make a difference.

There are, however, many factors that researchers are still investigating. That’s why it’s helpful to separate what we know from what we don’t know when deciding how to live for lower cancer risk. In The Facts About Cancer: Facts vs. Fears, you’ll find a common-sense guide to protecting yourself from cancer.

AICR/WCRF’s Continuous Update Project, the world’s largest ongoing analysis of diet and cancer research, shows that approximately one-third of the most common cancers could be prevented if everyone ate a healthful diet, was physically active every day, maintained a healthy weight, and avoided tobacco.

AICR’s Guidelines for Cancer Prevention recommend the following:

  • Choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat, and avoid processed meat.
  • Be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.
  • Aim to be a healthy weight throughout life.
  • And always remember – do not smoke or chew tobacco.

Remember, that you’re in control of most cancer risks. When you encounter sensational stories about cancer “causes” in newspapers, magazines, TV and radio shows and the Internet, use your common sense. Make sure the information is science-based and the source is reliable. Remember that the results of one study can never provide enough evidence to prove a cause for cancer.

View or download The Facts About Cancer: Facts vs. Fears.

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