Keep Your New Year's Resolutions, Lower Your Cancer Risk

From - January 4, 2018

Keep Your New Year's Resolutions, Lower Your Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 -- People who stick to their New Year's resolutions to be healthier this year might not just feel better but also reduce their risk for cancer, a new study suggests.

In fact, their chances of developing cancer could drop by 33 percent, the researchers said.

"The take-home message is that healthy behaviors can have a truly tangible benefit," said study author Peter Elwood, with Cardiff University in the U.K.

"A healthy lifestyle has many benefits additional to cancer reduction," he said in a news release from the journal ecancermedicalscience. "It costs nothing, has no undesirable side effects -- and is better than any pill."

The researchers set out to quantify the effects of healthy behaviors, analyzing data on more than 500,000 people.

They found that not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, following a healthy diet and limiting alcohol intake could significantly reduce the long-term risk for cancer. But the study could not prove that these behaviors caused a drop in cancer risk.

"In our study, each additional healthy behavior was associated with a reduction of about 8 percent in cancer, independent of the effects of the other behaviors," Elwood said.

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