Maintain healthy lifestyle to live cancer-free

About 20-40 percent of cancer cases could potentially be prevented through modifications to adopt a healthy lifestyle, the study found.

Last Updated: May 21, 2016, 16:13 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Adopting a healthy lifestyle by keeping away from alcohol and smoking can allow you to live a healthy life.

Maintaining a healthy body weight is essential and that can be done by exercising regularly and eating the right diet.

About 20-40 percent of cancer cases could potentially be prevented through modifications to adopt a healthy lifestyle, the study found.

A large proportion of cancer cases and deaths can be prevented if people quit smoking, avoided heavy drinking, maintained a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 27.5, and got moderate weekly exercise for at least 150 minutes or vigorous exercise for at least 75 minutes, the study said.

"These findings reinforce the predominate importance of lifestyle factors in determining cancer risk. Therefore, primary prevention should remain a priority for cancer control," the authors noted.

(With IANS inputs)