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Lifestyle Lowers Genetic Cancer Risk

From eNewsletter 1/24/2022

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Lifestyle Lowers Genetic Cancer Risk

In an extremely exciting study published in Medrxiv, researchers found a correlation between positive lifestyle choices and a reduced risk of genetic cancers. Key Takeaway A healthy lifestyle, which includes physical activity, a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, and low consumption of processed meats, alcohol, or tobacco, may offset genetic risks for five cancers. Alternatively, an unhealthy lifestyle can increase overall cancer risk and the risk of eight cancer types. Why This Matters Telling those genetically predisposed to cancer that they have some control over their situation may alleviate distress and help them make positive lifestyle changes. Key Results Unhealthy habits increased the overall risk of cancer 32%. Unhealthy habits increased the risk of eight cancer types: lung cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, pharyngeal cancer, uterine cancer, colorectal cancer, and breast cancer. The authors say their findings also suggest that "a healthy lifestyle is of greater benefit in those with a high genetic susceptibility to colorectal, breast, and pancreatic cancers, and may completely offset genetic risk for lung and bladder cancers.