MINNEAPOLIS (January 11, 2010) – The percent of Minnesota adults who are either overweight or obese increased from 44 percent in 1988 to 62 percent in recent years, with similar updated results expected in the upcoming Cancer Society Facts and Figures due this Spring. The concern here is that the American Cancer Society estimates that about one-third of the estimated 9,000 cancer deaths in Minnesota are attributed to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity.
“These deaths are preventable if people do what we know works: maintain a healthy weight by eating right and staying active, and get recommended cancer screening tests,” said Angie Rolle, The American Cancer Society’s Director of Prevention and Early Detection. “It’s not always easy, so the Society is here to help you.”
The proportion of cancers attributable to diet and obesity: (WCRF/AICR’s 2009 Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention Food Nutrition, and Physical Activity: a Global Perspective)
Endometrial – 70%
Esophageal – 69%
Mouth, pharynx, larynx – 63%
Stomach – 47%
Colorectal – 45%
Pancreas – 39%
Breast – 38%
Lung – 36%
Kidney – 24%
Prostate – 11%
Scientific evidence suggests healthy eating – including five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day – along with regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity on five or more days of the week), are essential to help you maintain a healthy body weight and reduce your cancer risk.
While it’s easy to see how eating right and staying active are beneficial to your health, many of us have a difficult time fitting these good behaviors into busy schedules that often revolve around other people. By making your own health a priority, you can be a healthy role model for others in your life – and help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. The week of January 16 marks national Healthy Weight Week. The American Cancer Society can help you stay well by visiting or calling 1-800-227-2345. www.cancer.org