The impact of lifestyle and the environment on cancer
Many cancers can be prevented through healthy living and policies that protect the health of Canadians. But how many cancers are caused by various lifestyle and environmental risk factors? Dr Darren Brenner and his team led a series of studies revealing how many cancers in Alberta each year could be attributed to several risk factors including excess body weight, low levels of physical activity, infections, air pollution, residential radon exposure and many other modifiable factors. Their work has led to a major health promotion initiative through www.albertapreventscancer.ca. The team is now expanding the scope of these studies across Canada. This work can help inform priorities for future cancer prevention programs.
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