Friday, December 16, 2016
Changing lifestyle could lower bowel cancer risk
Scimex: Bowel cancer rates could be considerably reduced by tackling obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking and red and processed meat consumption alongside increased physical activity, according to New Zealand researchers. Colorectal cancer accounts for almost 10 per cent of cancers worldwide, but New Zealand has one of the highest rates. The new study calculated the relative risks for several factors and found obesity and alcohol consumption were the most important modifiable lifestyle factors. In an accompanying editorial, University of Otago scientists cautioned against using this information to "victim blame" those affected by cancer. Instead, it was crucial for government to "accept the reality that riskfactors for cancer can be modified by a public health response."