A third of all cancers could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking.
A third of all cancers could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking.

One third of cancers 'our fault'

NEW research shows one in three cancers in Australia are caused by lifestyle factors including diet, drinking alcohol, smoking and sun exposure.

Almost a third of all cancers could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes, landmark Queensland research has found.

The researchers crunched the numbers on 13 known cancer risk factors including smoking, diet, obesity and UV light exposure, to find 37,000 cancers were preventable.

The QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute study, funded by Cancer Council Australia, used statistics analysis to track just how many cancers were caused by each risk factor.

Smoking was by far the leading cause but lead author Professor David Whiteman and his team found 7000 new cancer cases were attributable to low fruit and vegetable intake, low fibre intake and eating excess red meat.

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