Do you know that nine in 10 cancers are caused by environmental and external factors such as smoking, drinking, sun exposure and air pollution, a new scientific study has found.
There is a recent research that shows random cell mutations played a significant role in the development of tumours, a finding dubbed the ‘bad luck hypothesis.’
Now researchers believe that outside influences have a far greater impact, meaning many cancers may be more preventable than previously thought.
The finding is likely to prove controversial as it suggests that people could slash their risk of ever getting cancer if they just made lifestyle changes such as keeping out of the sun, exercising or cutting down on cigarettes. One British statistician said that the results showed that between 70 and 90 per cent of cancers would not occur if we could ‘magic away’ all the external risk factors.
Kate Allen from World Cancer Research Fund added: “It’s not true that most cases of cancer ‘just happen’, and that there is nothing we can do to prevent them occurring.” Their research has shown that many cancers are caused by external factors, and that there are changes that we can all make to our lifestyles to significantly reduce our risk of cancer. We know that about a third of the UK’s most common cancers could be prevented by adopting a more healthy diet, exercising more and maintaining a healthy weight.”
The new research follows on from a study published earlier this year which suggested that 65 per cent were inevitable and driven by random mistakes in cell division which are completely outside of our control.