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Cancer Prevention: Impact of Diet and Weight


It’s often said that “you are what you eat,” and that is also true when it comes to increasing or decreasing the risk of cancer. Approximately 90,000 cancer deaths per year are related to being overweight or obese.

“I frequently hear people say, ‘There’s nothing I can do to affect my cancer risk.’ And it’s not true,” says Richard C. Wender, M.D. “In fact, about a third of all cancer deaths are related in some way to how much we eat, the types of food we choose and how active we are.”

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There are many ways to improve the quality (and quantity) of food consumed on a daily basis. And little changes in diet and lifestyle can go a long way toward living longer — and healthier. Here are a few tips from the American Cancer Society on the impact of diet and weight: