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Life honestly doesn’t have to be this way.
Can Cancer Be Prevented? (US) A substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented. All cancers caused by tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption could be prevented completely. In 2015, almost 171,000 of the estimated 589,430 cancer deaths in the US will be caused by tobacco smoking. In addition, the World Cancer Research Fund has estimated that up to one-third of the cancer cases that occur in economically developed countries like the US are related to overweight or obesity, physical inactivity, and/or poor nutrition, and thus could also be prevented. -American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
Can Cancer Be Prevented? (UK) Many people believe that getting cancer is purely down to genes, fate or bad luck. But through scientific research, we know that our risk actually depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and aspects of our lives, many of which we can control.
Cancer is caused by damage to our DNA, the chemical instructions that tell our cells what to do. Things in our environment, such as UV rays, or our lifestyle, such as the cancer causing chemicals in tobacco, can damage our DNA. This damage builds up over time. If a cell develops too much damage to its DNA it can start to multiply out of control – this is how cancer starts. You can find out more in our What is cancer? section.
Some people inherit damaged DNA from their parents, which can give them a higher risk of certain cancers. For example the BRCA genes are linked with breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers. But the proportion of cancers caused by inherited faulty genes is small. You can read more about inherited genes and cancer on our Cancer Help pages.
In the UK, more than one in three people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Every year, around 325,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. But experts estimate that more than four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes, such as: not smoking, keeping a healthy body weight, cutting back on alcohol, eating a healthy balance diet, keeping active, avoiding certain infections (like HPV), staying safe in the sun, and avoid occupations with dangerous chemicals. -Cancer Reaserch UK http://www.cancerresearchu