In the last few years, we've read innumerable articles quoting studies to either prove or disprove that drinking or not drinking coffee causes cancer, living under power lines causes cancer, eating a low-fat diet causes cancer, eating a high-fat diet causes cancer, smoking causes cancer and air pollution causes cancer. As a matter of fact, at one time or another, with rare exception, everything has been blamed for causing cancer.
At long last, a comprehensive study from the Harvard School of Public Health reveals that most cancer is preventable. Amazingly, it's America's most preventable disease and can largely be avoided since nearly 70 percent of all cancer deaths can be attributed to smoking, eating and drinking habits or a sedentary lifestyle. Only 2 percent of all cancers can be traced to environmental pollution and 10 percent to genetics.
The thing that excites me about the report is the fact that it's so clear-cut and straightforward. It takes the affirmative view that each one of us can do something now to greatly reduce the possibility of cancer. In addition to preventing cancer, if the information in the report is used, it will enable us to live richer, happier, healthier lives now and help us to have more active lifestyles and a better quality of life for the rest of our lives.
When we develop new interests, increase our education through reading and attending seminars, listen to educational cassettes in the car and develop a genuine interest in other people, we also win friends, influence others and greatly increase our enjoyment of life. Add those factors to the information in the report, and we really can live well now -- and finish well. Give it a try, and I'll see you at the top!
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