Better Diet, More Exercise Could Cut World Cancer

In 2007, 7.6 million people died from cancer worldwide, but a new study by World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research reveals better diets, more exercise and controlling weight is enough to stifle global cancer rates. Calling cancer “mostly preventable” researchers found 43% of colon and 42% of breast cancer in the U.K., 45% of bowel and 38% of breast cancer in the U.S., and other cancers, like prostate and pancreas, could be avoided with healthier lifestyles and diets consisting of more fruits and vegetables and less meat and dairy; Reuters reports

No real shocker here. Foods high in saturated fat, i.e. meat and dairy, are constantly being linked to cancer, like adenocarcinomas and carcinoid tumors in the small intestine, disease progression after prostate cancer surgery, and dioxin, a toxic compound found butter and cheese, is a prominent risk-factor for cancer. So don’t be like this dope and ignore everything and only eat bacon for a month!

Now, flip the script for a second, fruits and vegetables have the opposite effect on cancer. Recently, research determined sulforaphane, a chemical found in green veggies like broccoli, induces enzymes that protect against cancer and eating 28 servings of vegetables a week can cut the risk of prostate cancer by 33%. And fruits, like pomegranates, are packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants.

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Melissa Hoffman - February 27, 2009 6:33 AM

Thank you for this post. Wow, I had no idea about dioxin in dairy. Is dioxin endemic to ALL butter and cheese (kind of like mercury in fish these days)? I imagine it bio-accumulates in the fat of grazing animals, and consequently is even more concentrated in butter and cheese. How does it get in our food chain? Via incinerated waste? Is it prevalent in the US? Wondering out loud...

HappyCat - February 27, 2009 8:03 AM

I remember decades ago when the medical community insisted there was no relationship between diet and cancer. We vegetarians were regarded as whacko nut jobs who were ignorant of modern medicine.

yashoda jordan - February 27, 2009 11:01 AM

what are Cruciferous vegetables?? can't find anything that just gives me a straight answer: are they broccolis, carrots or what?

Gerry Pugliese - February 27, 2009 11:10 AM

Hey Yashoda-

Not sure why you've had a hard time tracking that answer down, but cruciferous vegetables are stuff like kale, broccoli, Bok Choy, i.e. leafy greens.

Here's a wiki link:


Joel Fuhrman, MD - March 2, 2009 7:47 AM

We have polluted the modern world with dioxin and it accumulates in the food chain predominantly in the fatty tissues of animals.

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