Report by JENIFERLAMUG
Researchers from the Washington University public health at the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis claimed in their new study that more than half of all cancer is preventable and society has the knowledge to act on this information today.
Graham A. Colditz, associate director of prevention and control told press that they have enormous amount of data showing the causes of cancer burden in the United States and the whole world as well as its preventability that can reduce risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions.
The team of researchers had listed lifestyle choices that people make which the society can influence in a number of ways, from tobacco use to diet and exercise, play a significant role in causing cancer, the Times of India reported.
The study suggests that smoking, excess body weight and obesity are responsible of all cancer cases in the U.S. with an estimated 1,638,910 new cases recorded by the American Cancer Society to be diagnosed this year. In addition, the team also argued that the structure of society itself- from medical research funding to building design and food subsidies – greatly influences the high risk of cancer.
The skepticism that cancer can be prevented, short-term focus of cancer research, intervening too late in life to prevent cancer, research focusing on treatment, not prevention and many others are what researchers considered as obstacles regarding the implementation of broad cancer prevention strategies, the post suggests.
But despite the above-mentioned obstacles, the investigators firmly believed the possibility of a broad change citing the quick elimination of unhealthy trans fats from the national diet and tighter tobacco control policy-supported by Sarah J. Gehlert, co-author of the study, are some examples to prevent cancer.