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Keeping New Year's Resolutions May Lower Cancer Risk

Keeping New Year's Resolutions May Lower Cancer Risk
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By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 03:14 PM

Are you already wavering on your New Year's resolutions? If you are, British researchers may provide the motivation you need — sticking to your resolutions may lower your cancer risk by about a third.

Researchers at Cardiff University examined data from people in the UK Biobank and identified healthy behaviors such as not smoking, maintaining a low BMI, participating in regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and limiting alcohol intake. Then they compared them to the risk of cancer over several years.

Together, the collection of healthy behaviors contributed to a total reduction of about one-third in cancer risk and possibly a greater reduction in cancer mortality.

Most people are aware that healthy habits are helpful, but they have trouble understanding how they can translate into solid benefits.  

"Perhaps the advice to take up one additional healthy behavior is the most acceptable message for most subjects," says Professor Peter Elwood.

"In our study, each additional healthy behavior was associated with a reduction of about 8 percent in cancer, independent of the effects of the other behaviors.

"The take-home message is that healthy behaviors can have a truly tangible benefit."

Professor Elwood adds, "A healthy lifestyle has many benefits additional to cancer reduction — it costs nothing, has no undesirable side effects ... and is better than any pill!"

The research was published in ecancermedicalscience.

Most estimates say that about 40 percent of us make New Year's resolutions, but according to U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of us fall by the wayside by the second week of February.

The long-term statistics are even more grim, according to a study at the University of Scranton which found that only about 8 percent of Americans are actually successful at achieving their goals.

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