International Health Insurance News: Healthy eating 'reduces cancer risk'

01/02/11 18:37

Not enough people are aware of all of the benefits of maintaining a healthy diet.

This is according to recent comments from Teresa Nightingale, general manager of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

Expatriates might want to look into improving their diet as Ms Nightingale remarked that eating well can lower the risk of developing cancer.

"Research has shown that not enough people are aware that what they eat and how active they are affect their cancer risk," she explained.

The comments come ahead of World Cancer Day, to be held on February 4th.

Research conducted in advance of the awareness day has suggested that around a third of the most common cancers can be prevented through healthy eating, keeping physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.

However, people questioned were largely unaware of these risk factors, although they did show awareness of the impact that smoking and sunburn have on cancer risk.

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