Report: Many Cancers Could Be Prevented in US
Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Recommendations for All Levels of Society
The overall message of the report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention, published today by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), is that all sections of society should make public health, and cancer prevention in particular, a higher priority. It includes estimates on the proportion of all cancer cases that could be prevented through diet, physical activity and weight management.
Overall, the report estimates that approximately one third of the most common cancers in the US could be prevented. That figure does not include smoking, which alone accounts for about a third of cancers.
A panel of experts made a total of 48 recommendations for nine different sectors of society. These sectors are: multinational bodies; civil society organizations; government; industry; media; schools; workplaces and institutions; health and other professionals; and people.
The new WCRF/AICR Policy Report is a companion document to an expert report called Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective, which was published by AICR and WCRF in November of 2007.
“The 2007 expert report identified the specific choices that people can make to protect themselves against cancer, but actually making those healthy choices remains difficult for many people,” said policy report panel member Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, of the
To read the report’s recommendations, detailed estimates of the proportion of cancer cases that could be prevented by diet, physical activity and weight management, and view interviews with panel members, visit www.aicr.org/policy.
SOURCE American Institute for Cancer Research