The WHO’s World Cancer Report 2014 has stated that the world is facing a “tidal wave” of cancer. In 2012, new cancer cases rose to nearly 14 million worldwide, with diet and obesity being linked to the staggering increase. If rates continue to climb, we will be looking at numbers as high as 22 million new cancer cases per year.
The panacea? We all know that it’s eat more fruits and vegetables, right? Wrong. Not only is the world facing a cancer epidemic, but the public is largely unaware of the link between cancer and diet/lifestyle. A recent survey in the in the U.K. found that an alarming 49 percent of the public does not make the connection between poor diet and increases in the risk of developing cancer.
Dr. Mario Chevrette, scientific director at the Cancer Research Society, states, “There is definitely evidence that what we eat, the diet we have, is linked to different types of cancer. We know that … lack of exercise and obesity will increase your odds of getting cancer.”
The Canadian Cancer Society publicly released a statement saying that half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy diet and lifestyle and that eating more fruits and vegetables, along with other healthy lifestyle habits, can significantly reduce the risk of getting cancer. Plant-based for the win!
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