Aug 10, 2021

Interviewer: Diet and exercise can help reduce your cancer risk maybe even more than you thought. Dr. John Sweetenham from Huntsman Cancer Institute, how much can it reduce my risk?

Dr. Sweetenham: Well, around 20 to 30% of cancers in the U.S. are related to low physical activity, poor nutrition or excessive weight, so it can make a big difference.

Interviewer: Yeah, that's pretty substantial. What should I be doing?

Dr. Sweetenham: Well, eat mostly plant based foods if you can, vegetables, fruits, beans. Limit the amount of red meat and processed and cured meat that you eat. Avoid high fat foods. Also, talk to your doctor about ways to maintain or control your weight. Then, stay active. At least 30 minutes of exercise a day will be very beneficial. Not only will it help your cancer risk but it will improve your quality of life and make you feel better.

updated: August 10, 2021
originally published: January 3, 2019

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