Representatives of science from the Medical Institute of Australia believe that a healthy lifestyle reduces the likelihood of encountering cancer by 40%. They believe that many deaths can be avoided if you give up bad habits and take time for physical activity.
After examining the oncology mortality statistics for 2013, the researchers concluded that 38% of deaths could be prevented by adjusting their lifestyle. Among the most dangerous factors was smoking, it led to 23% of deaths. Overweight, improper diet and infectious diseases in 5% of cases played a fatal role. Alcohol accounted for 3.2%, ultraviolet rays – 2.4%, sedentary lifestyle – 0.8%, and hormones and reproductive functions – 0.4%. Sometimes one reason overlaps with another.
The study organizer claims that oncology is the main cause of premature death in Australia. Only in 2013, cancer killed 44 thousand people.
The study confirms that oncology is not always associated with genetic characteristics or accident.
By correcting the lifestyle, it was most often possible to prevent cancer of the intestines, lungs, skin, stomach and liver.
Scientists note that harmful factors affect men and women in different ways. Among men, 43% of cancer was recorded, and among women – 34%. The difference is explained by the fact that men are more prone to bad habits, they are more likely to be in the sun and do not always monitor their diet.
Of course, abstinence from alcohol and other bad habits does not guarantee protection against oncology. However, these factors can affect both positively and negatively – it all depends on the person’s choice.