Stick with those New Year’s resolutions for healthy living. Preliminary data from the United Kingdom Biobank suggests that healthy choices may lead to a total reduction of about one-third in cancer risk.
Many use the turn to the new year as motivation for healthy living. Researchers have examined preliminary data from the UK Biobank, a prospective study of half a million subjects. They found that healthy choices may lead to a total reduction of about one-third in cancer risk. Researchers told data from half a million subjects, and sorted through the data to identify healthy behavior – not smoking cigarettes, maintaining a healthy weight (body mass index, or BMI), participating in regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and limiting alcohol intake. They need looked at cancer risk over several years. Together, the collection of healthy behaviors contributed to a total reduction of about one-third in cancer risk, and possibly an even greater drop in cancer-related death. In this study, each additional healthy behavior was associated with a reduction of about 7 percent in cancer, independent of the effects of the other behaviors. The take home message? Healthy behaviors can lead to a meaningful drop in your risk of getting (or dying of ) cancer.