A recent study has claimed that 50% of the Cancer cases can be prevented. Interestingly, the research has given stress to the preventive measures rather than treatment.
The report was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine claim that the society itself possesses the required knowledge to prevent cancer.
Lead author (of the study) Graham Colditz, an epidemiologist at the Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri stressed on exercising, balanced diet and abstaining from smoking as the key ways to prevent cancer.
The study has described smoking to be the chief reason for cancer. It gives the statistics that about one third of the US Cancer cases are due to smoking.
The research also prescribes some vaccination like the vaccination against cancer-causing viruses such as the human papilloma virus can do well but still it is true that treatments focus only on a single organ but behavioral changes reduce cancer and death rates from many chronic diseases.
The study says that humans are impatient and this characteristic itself is an obstacle to cancer prevention.
Pollution and crime, poor public transportation, lack of open fields for play and exercise and absence of nearby supermarkets for fresh food obstructs the adoption of a perfect lifestyle which actually leads to the risk of cancer in many cases.
Along with the other medical preventions the study has also prescribed for a policy change to provide all a perfect atmosphere and lifestyle to throw away cancer and other diseases.