A large new study from the American Cancer Society inventoried risk factors for various types of cancer. The findings shed much-needed light on the numbers of cancers that could be prevented by making the necessary lifestyle changes.

The new research examined a total of 1,570,975 cancer cases, 587,521 of which resulted in death. During the analysis, 17 risk factors were analyzed and identified as “modifiable” because people can take active measures to change them. In this new study, such factors included:

  • alcohol intake
  • smoking (both first- and second-hand)
  • excess body weight
  • a low content of fiber in one’s diet
  • the consumption of processed red meat
  • a low intake of fruit and vegetables
  • ultraviolet (UV) radiation
  • low calcium
  • a lack of physical activity

These are all things we can control or modify in our own lives to be happier and healthier–learn more at SelfCare for HealthCare™.