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Fred Bodimer, KMOX Health Editor
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A new Washington University School of Medicine study finds more than half of all cancer is preventable.

The numbers are alarming said lead researcher Dr. Graham Colditz.

“It’s clear that smoking causes over a third of cancers today, overweight and obesity cause about 20 percent, diet, alcohol again three to five percent each, lack of exercise five percent of all cancers.”

“When you put all these together these are all factors that we can change to reduce the risk of cancer.”

The message of this study? If you smoke, quit. Eat a healthy diet. Increase exercise. Avoid weight gain and get all the recommended screening tests such as for colon cancer for both men and women, and breast and cervical cancer for women.

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