vintage32An unhealthy diet and poor lifestyle including lack of exercise and being overweight causes three times as many cancers as genetics, according to Dr Rachel Thompson, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)

Evidence suggests that only 5-10% of all cancers are due to inherited genes.

39% of the most common cancers, including breast and bowel, could be prevented by eating well, exercising and keeping weight under control (this is without factoring in smoking/ not smoking)

Irish Cancer Society: modifying lifestyle choices could prevent more than 30% of all cancers.At least one in three cancer cases in Ireland could be prevented and the number of deaths caused by cancer could be reduced greatly by changing your lifestyle.

Pay attention to: What you eat, what you drink, how you live, how you exercise.

The single most important thing is to stop smoking.

Be sunsmart – get enough but not too much! Don’t get burned!

Supplement with 1000iu of Vitamin D3 daily to decrease the risk of breast, ovary, prostate and colon cancer

Eat to beat cancer:

fibre: high fibre diet can reduce risk of cancer, especially colon, but also breast and ovarian, possibly by lowering oestrogen levels

olive oil :oleic acid may cut levels of HER2, a protein found in 20% of breast cancer cases, which enables the cells to divide and grow

fermented soy: associated with lower rates of cancer and less dense breast tissue

vegetables: cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale) have been shown to be protective

Avoid saturated fats: saturated fat in the diet is directly linked to both breast cancer and cardiovascular disease (which kills one in every two women)

Lose weight to cut your risk of cancer: if you gain weight between the ages of 30 and 50, your risk of developing breast cancer after menopause increases. Just losing 5% of your body weight (8 or 9 lbs) can decrease your risk of breast cancer by up to 40%