Published On: Fri, May 24th, 2019

More Than 80,000 Cancer Cases In United States Tied To Poor Diet, Study Finds

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A new study found that more than 80,000 cancer cases in the United States were linked to poor diet — amounting to one out of every 20 cases of cancer diagnosed.

The study was published this week in the medical journal JNCI Cancer Spectrum, showing that people who had poor diet and lack of exercise had higher instances of diagnoses for a number of different forms of cancer. The study found that excessive body weight was linked to roughly 8 percent of cases and lack of physical activity was tied to between 2 percent and 3 percent of cancer cases.

Colorectal cancers had the most direct ties to poor diet, the study found. Close to 38 percent of colorectal cancers diagnosed in 2015 were found to be diet related, the study found.

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More Than 80,000 Cancer Cases In United States Tied To Poor Diet, Study Finds