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World Cancer Day

Can cancer be prevented

Research suggests that only five percent of cancers are hereditary. That means the non-inherited causes of cancer — the lifestyle choices we make, the foods we eat, and our physical activity levels — have a direct impact on our overall cancer risk.

World Cancer Day

Predisposing factors for Cancer:


  • Cigarette smoking
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Obesity (linked to colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and others)
  • Alcohol (liver, throat, others)
  • Red and processed meats (colorectal)
  • Too few fruits and vegetables (throat)
  • Too little fiber in diet (colorectal)
  • Too little calcium in diet (colorectal)
  • Too little exercise (breast, colon)
  • Ultraviolet light (melanoma)
  • Six cancer-linked infections including H. pylori (stomach), hepatitis B and C (liver), herpes (Kaposi's sarcoma), HIV (lymphoma, Kaposi's), and human papillomavirus (oral, throat, penis, vagina, and others)
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  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • All nuts especially Brazil nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Turmeric
  • Green Tea
  • Kiwi
  • Eggs
  • Ginger
  • Soya
  • Legumes
  • Buttermilk
  • Fresh green leafy vegetables
  • Papaya
  • Seeded black grapes
Role of exercise in cancer prevention:

How might physical activity be linked to reduced risks of cancer?
Exercise has a number of biological effects on the body, some of which have been proposed to explain associations with specific cancers, including:

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