New evidence from the recent World Cancer Congress suggests that cancer is an environmental disease that is often caused by avoidable lifestyle factors than innate biology.
Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said, "The key to reducing cancer incidence lies in prevention, for example, about 47,000 breast cancer deaths worldwide could be avoided every year if physical inactivity was eliminated as a risk factor. It is also important that all eligible women had breast screens and took part in vaccination programs to reduce cancer rates, since an early detection is also vital."
Clift suggested that people should visit their GP's regularly and discuss any symptoms or body changes and look for lifestyle changes to reduce their cancer risk. She also urged smokers to give up the habit and said, "Tobacco use was the cause of most preventable cancers, adding by 2030, tobacco is projected to kill eight million people annually, unless people continue to introduce initiatives that help existing smokers quit and prevent others from taking up the lethal habit."
Other risk factors for cancer included diet, obesity, occupational carcinogens and infectious agents.