4 Lifestyle Changes For Americans To Cut Cancer Rates In Half

It's all in your hands.

Cancer risk in the U.S. could be significantly lower if Americans changed four lifestyle habits, according to a new study. 

These alterations in how we live would decrease cancer fatalities by 59 percent for women and 67 percent for men. New cancer cases would be significantly lower as well.

These lifestyle changes are as follows:

1. Don't smoke.

This one goes without saying. There at least a dozen cancers linked directly from smoking. 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. result from tobacco usage, so avoiding smoking could save many lives.

2. Limit alcoholic consumption.

While a little drinking isn't too bad, the research shows that women shouldn't consume more than one drink daily and men shouldn't consume more than two drinks daily. Excessive drinking has been linked to cancer in the liver, esophagus, breast and numerous other body parts.

3. Maintain a healthy BMI.

The study recommends maintaining a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 and 27.5 for adults. That shouldn't be too difficult since the average American woman has a 26.5 BMI and the average man has a 26.6 BMI.

4. Exercise routinely.

Physical activity has numerous medical benefits, including a reduced risk of cancer. The study suggests at least 75 vigorous-intensity or 150 moderate-intensity minutes for exercise every week.

The findings were based on a research paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology. About 89,500 white women and 46,300 white men participated in the study.

Although this information contradicts a 2015 study that said most cases of cancer result from stem cells, two leading scientists with the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis agree that the new study shows cancer is preventable based on lifestyle.

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