Will You Be Part Of The Cancer Epidemic?

The cancer numbers don’t look pretty. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that the global number of cancer cases will surge by 70 percent during the next 20 years. But most of this increase is linked to four lifestyle factors that you can easily adjust in your own life to reduce your cancer risk.

WHO notes that right now about 14 million people a year worldwide develop cancer. By 2034, that number is expected to hit 25 million a year. The WHO experts warn that we can’t resign ourselves to merely treating all these news cancer cases. Instead, the only hope of stemming this epidemic is to prevent it from occurring. Otherwise, the cost in human suffering and death, as well as the economic burden, will be catastrophic.

The cancer increase is linked to four spreading problems:

  • Too many people use tobacco products. Cigarette companies and other tobacco companies are relentlessly marketing their products globally.
  • We drink too much alcohol. The consumption of more than a drink or two a day increases your chances of cancer.
  • We eat too much processed food. Food that is filled with refined sugar and lacks nutrients from fruits and vegetables can increase your cancer risk.
  • We don’t exercise enough. Study after study shows that daily, moderate exercise shrinks your possibility of developing cancer.

According to researcher Peter Boyle: “The rapid increase in the global cancer burden represents a real challenge for health systems worldwide. However, there is a clear message of hope: although cancer is a devastating disease, it is largely preventable.”


Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.