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How Much – and What Kind – of Cancers are Preventable?

The AICR policy report sought to determine how much cancer could be prevented through diet, physical activity and weight management.

These estimates were based on the 2007 expert report’s findings about how different patterns of diet, physical activity and weight affect risk of cancer.

Their estimates of the percentage of preventable cancers are listed below.

Percentage of Cancers That Could Be Prevented
via Healthy Diet, Regular Physical Activity and Healthy Weight

Cancer Site

US

UK

Brazil

China

Endometrium
(lining of the uterus)

70

56

52

34

Esophagus

69

75

60

44

Mouth, pharynx and larynx

63

67

63

44

Stomach

47

45

41

33

Colon

45

43

37

17

Pancreas

39

41

34

14

Breast

38

42

28

20

Lung

36

33

36

38

Kidney

24

19

13

8

Gallbladder

21

16

10

6

Liver

15

17

6

6

Prostate

11

20

n/a

n/a

These 12
cancers combined

35

37

30

27

 

Colon and  Rectum higlighted in xray

Find out what the science says about how to help prevent these and other specific cancers.

Or visit our Reducing Your Risk section to start making the small, everyday changes that protect against many cancers.

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