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Cancer Awareness and Prevention

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Common cancer risks you can control

No person, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, or economic background, is invulnerable to cancer. According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death across the globe. In fact, about one in every six deaths worldwide is due to cancer. But cancer is not an unbeatable adversary. The WHO notes that around one-third of deaths from cancer are due to five behavioral and dietary risks that can be avoided. These risks include:

• high body mass index,

• low fruit and vegetable intake,

• lack of physical activity,

• tobacco use, and

• alcohol consumption.

By taking steps to maintain a healthy weight, which can be accomplished by being physically active and adhering to a healthy diet that's rich in fruits and vegetables, millions of people across the globe can reduce their risk for cancer and ultimately reduce their risk for dying from cancer. The same can be said for people who resolve to quit smoking, or avoid tobacco use entirely, and consume alcohol in moderation, if at all.

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