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Cancer

27 October 2010

Live healthy, cut cancer risk 23%

As many as 23% of colorectal cancers could be prevented if people followed five simple healthy lifestyle recommendations, Danish researchers say.

As many as 23% of colorectal cancers could be prevented if people followed five simple healthy lifestyle recommendations, Danish researchers say.

Specifically, the recommendations are:

  • At least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
  • No more than seven drinks a week for women and 14 for men.
  • Not smoking.
  • Eating a healthful diet, defined as one high in fibre, with more than six servings (three cups) a day of fruits and vegetables, and low in red meat and processed meat (no more than just over a pound a week), with less than 30% of total kilojoules derived from fat.
  • A waist size no more than 34.6 inches for women and 40.1 inches for men.

 

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