Researchers: At Least 13,000 Cancer Deaths Per Year Are Preventable
ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – New research indicates that an estimated 13,000 deaths caused by cancer could be prevented each year – at the very least.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, preventative measures such as vaccines – that prevent cancer causing ailments such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) – and reduction of risky behaviors including smoking, drinking alcohol and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays could go a long way in reducing cancer risks in people.
The World Cancer Research Fund has now learned that such measures could prevent the deaths of almost 15,000 people in the United Kingdom – of the estimated 157,000 people that die of cancer each year in the nation, the BBC is reporting.
Surveys conducted by the WCRF that polled 2,000 participants additionally indicate that 28 percent of people in general feel they don’t have much power in terms of preventing cancer.
“These results are a real concern because they show that a significant proportion of people don’t realize that there’s a lot they can do to reduce their risk of cancer,” Dr. Kate Allen, executive director of science and public affairs at WCRF, said to the BBC.
She additionally noted, “By eating healthily, being physically active and keeping to a healthy weight, we estimate that about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented.”