Report: Many Cancers Could Be Prevented in US

    Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Recommendations for All Levels of Society

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new global policy report
estimates that approximately 45 percent of colon cancer cases and 38 percent
of breast cancer cases in the US are preventable through diet, physical
activity and weight management. The report sets out recommendations for
policies to reduce the global number of cancer cases.

    The overall message of the report, Policy and Action for Cancer
Prevention, published today by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American
Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), is that all sections of society should
make public health, and cancer prevention in particular, a higher priority. It
includes estimates on the proportion of all cancer cases that could be
prevented through diet, physical activity and weight management.

    Overall, the report estimates that approximately one third of the most
common cancers in the US could be prevented. That figure does not include
smoking, which alone accounts for about a third of cancers.

    A panel of experts made a total of 48 recommendations for nine different
sectors of society. These sectors are: multinational bodies; civil society
organizations; government; industry; media; schools; workplaces and
institutions; health and other professionals; and people.

    Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the WCRF/AICR Panel, said: "The evidence
shows that when it comes to cancer prevention, all levels of society have a
role to play. This report is relevant to everyone from heads of government
down to the people who do the weekly food shopping for their family."

    The new WCRF/AICR Policy Report is a companion document to an expert
report called Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer:
A Global Perspective, which was published by AICR and WCRF in November of
    "The 2007 expert report identified the specific choices that people can
make to protect themselves against cancer, but actually making those healthy
choices remains difficult for many people," said policy report panel member
Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, of the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine. "The policy report takes the next step - it identifies opportunities
for us as a society to make those choices easier."

    To read the report's recommendations, detailed estimates of the
proportion of cancer cases that could be prevented by diet, physical activity
and weight management, and view interviews with panel members, visit


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For further information: Mr. Glen Weldon of American Institute for
Cancer Research, +1-202-328-7744 (work), +1-202-413-0261 (cell), Web Site:

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