The Medical Journal of Australia today released some new research showing that around 25% of cancers may be prevented in the future by eating better and exercising more. I like this! The research was based on projections out to the future, which estimate that about 170,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in 2025 – only 14 years away.
The research focussed on 12 different types of cancers – mouth and laryngeal, oesophageal, lung, stomach, pancreatic, gallbladder, liver, bowel, breast, uterine, prostate and kidney cancers. Of all these cancers, the research estimates that bowel cancer will be the cancer that is most likely to be prevented by eating better and moving our bodies more.
So what does all this mean? Well cancer is an illness that no one wants to be diagnosed with. And this new research shows that each of us can do something to reduce our risk of cancer. And we can all do something now! Only 8.8% of us eat enough vegetables (which is 5 serves a day in case you were wondering!), 35% of us are too sedentary and don’t move our bodies enough and 61% of adults are overweight or obese. Tomorrow is a new day and we can all start the day by doing something to prevent our risk of cancer. And if you have kids here are a few pics of some recent meals we have served up – easy, simple, tasty and healthy!
The researchers do make a valid point that eating better and being more active is only one part of cancer prevention – more effective screening methods to detect cancer and finding better treatment options must also continue to be researched and investigated. BUT – on an individual level we can all do something to improve our eating and be more active. Have a think about what you can change!