Studies Reaffirm That Healthy Behaviors Can Cut Cancer Risk
The first study, published online January 6 in Cancer Causes & Control, showed that eating a plant-based diet and limiting alcohol intake, both already included in various cancer prevention guidelines, could help cut the risk for obesity-related cancers (about a third of all of cancers). In a cohort of nearly 3000 adults, the researchers found that restricting alcohol consumption to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men was associated with 29% reduced risk for obesity-related cancers. Additionally, the risk was up to 71% lower for the most common site-specific cancers in the United States (breast, prostate, and colorectal).
@sujit For individuals who consume starchy vegetables, such as corn, potatoes, and yams, sufficient consumption of non-starchy legumes, fruits, and vegetables was associated with a reduction in the risk for colorectal cancer. These results add to the existing evidence on the potential role of limiting alcohol intake and increasing the intake of plant foods in influencing cancer risk. Therefore, based on these results, dietary advice on cancer should focus on encouraging the consumption of a plant-based diet providing abundant nonstarchy fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and restricting alcohol, if consumed at all, to the recommended levels