A new research study has shown that in 2019, 44.4% of cancer deaths could be attributed to preventable risk factors. This research comes from one of the largest organized studies with the intention of finding out true risk factors of cancer in humans. The three factors the paper discusses in this study are smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and a high body mass index. The project has analyzed data across the entire world between cancer related deaths and common features among those who have been diagnosed with cancer. The data also showed that cancer rates have risen 20.4% from 2010 to 2019.
Dr.William Dalhut, Chief Scientific Officer of the American Cancer Society and an unattached doctor to the study above, also wrote how the increasing relationship between obesity and cancer rates is something that “demands our [doctors] attention.” He discusses how making lifestyle changes can be one of the most important things someone can do to help prevent cancer. He discusses how certain risk factors are related, such as alcohol being something that can contribute to the increase of body mass index, both potential risk factors of cancer.