According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there may be more than 21 million cases of cancer diagnosed worldwide each year by 2030, with 13 million deaths a year from cancer by that time.
Lung cancer is the most common form, followed by breast cancer and colorectal cancers. Check out maps of worldwide cancer data here.
The good news is that we can do our best to decrease the chances of getting these types of cancers by not smoking, conducting monthly breast self-exams and getting colonoscopies per our doctors’ recommendations (once every 10 years starting at age 50).
According to the World Cancer Research Fund / American Institute for Cancer Research report on cancer, released in 2007, overweight and obesity is a top factor related to cancer; the report recommended maintaining a “normal” body weight, staying physically active at least 30 minutes a day, eating mostly plant foods and limiting intake of red meat, avoiding processed meat, drinking alcohol in moderation and limiting consumption of salt and breastfeeding children as their top dietary recommendations for cancer prevention.
While there’s no guarantee any given person won’t get cancer, but following general healthy eating and weight guidelines, we can not only decrease our chances of getting cancer but also help our bodies be at their best.