Reducing Alcohol, Red Meat, Sugary Drinks From Diet Can Lower Cancer Risk

Nora Nguyen
May 26, 2018

Mirroring a 2015 World Health Organization warning that linked the consumption of processed and red meats to forms of cancer including bowel, the report recommended a diet featuring wholegrains, vegetables, fruit and pulses.

Around 40% of cancers are estimated to be preventable, the authors said.

This is despite the fact that no link was found between BMI and the likelihood of developing pancreatic cancer. It contains information on what positive steps people can take to reduce their risk (the "good news' is that there are things you can do to reduce your cancer risk) and shows that in most cases it isn't a single food or nutrient that makes a difference-there are no magic bullets-the important thing is what you eat and drink, your weight and how active you are through your lifetime". They are cancers of the liver, ovary, prostate (advanced), stomach, mouth and throat, bowel, breast (post-menopause), gallbladder, kidney, oesophagus, pancreas and womb.

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.

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The experts advice that only moderate amounts of red meat should be consumed, and alcohol consumption should be limited. Do you think cutting out foods could prevent your risk of cancer? 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.

Of those 50 million people, 3.5 million were eventually diagnosed with cancer. WCRF recommends that people cut down on fast and processed convenience foods. It encouraged people to reduce or eliminate consumption of red meat and sugar-sweetened drinks, along with changing their diet and lifestyle.

The number of new cases of cancer is expected to rise by 58% to 24 million globally by 2035 as more countries adopt "Western" lifestyles, according to the report.

"If current trends continue, overweight and obesity are likely to overtake smoking as the number one risk factor for cancer".

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"Without the high childhood BMI, you don't get the increased risk of colon cancer", Dr Jenny Kindblom said.

"Our cancer prevention recommendations work together as a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades", said Dr. Fiota Mitou, WRCF director of research funding, to The Telegraph.

The report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective, is based on an ongoing review of decades of evidence by independent experts worldwide. She also called on the government to act to curb junk food marketing.

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