Sunday, April 03, 2005

lifestyle choices and cancer


via cnn:

More than 60 percent of all cancer deaths could be prevented if Americans stopped smoking, exercised more, ate healthier food and got recommended cancer screenings, the American Cancer Society reported on Thursday.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2005, more than 168,140 cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use alone...In addition, scientists estimate that approximately one-third (190,090) of the 570,280 cancer deaths expected to occur in 2005 will be related to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, overweight, obesity and other lifestyle factors.
Thun said the report was not meant to make cancer patients feel they caused their own disease.

"This says just the opposite. The reality is things like smoking and obesity and physical inactivity are often described as voluntary but the choices we make are made in a social context,
" he said.

"In designing our communities and our lives, we inadvertently have made a lot of choices that work against health."

(photo is of a couple of squad cars, photographed while we were making a late night taco bell run)

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