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FANSA Says Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Cancer

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FANSA Says Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Cancer

CHICAGO--The Food and Nutrition Service Alliance (FANSA) reported that perhaps one-third of all cancer cases could be prevented with the application of a healthy diet and regular exercise. FANSA reviewed cancer research and concluded that the risk of several types of cancer could be dramatically lowered simply by making lifestyle alterations.

"In terms of cancer prevention, a healthy diet and exercise are as important as not smoking," said Dennis Savaiano, Ph.D., FANSA chair and professor of Foods and Nutrition at Purdue University. "Approximately one-third of cancer cases are attributed to smoking, one-third to poor diet and lack of exercise, and one-third to genetic or other factors. Most Americans are already aware of the detrimental effects of smoking, but poor diet is cause for alarm."

FANSA issued a statement, "Diet and Cancer Prevention in the United States," which outlined suggestions for reducing the risk of cancer. They included following the U.S. Department of Agriculture food guide pyramid and limiting the intake of alcohol. The statement can be viewed at

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