Diet and exercise could prevent cancer

A report in the Medical Journal of Australia has found that a quarter of cancers could be prevented by 2025 through diet and exercise alone. This would save hundreds of millions of dollars worth of treatment costs.

A sedentary lifestyle, the increasing prevalence of obesity, climbing rates of alcohol consumption and an unbalanced diet are all contributing to our nation’s poor health. Pip Youl, one of the authors of the report, explained that less than 10 per cent of Australians eat the recommended five serves of vegetables a day and only six per cent eat two or more serves of fruit.

The report looked at published findings on the association between food, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of cancer. It projected that between 2007 and 2025 the incidence of cancer will have increased by 60 per cent.

It encouraged Australians to eat wholegrain cereals and bread and to choose foods which are low in salt and fat, particularly saturated fats. Some of these healthy foods may be more expensive, but just think of the potential savings in the long run.

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Read the original report Estimating the future burden of cancers preventable by better diet and physical activity in Australia at the Medical Journal of Australia.  

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