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U.S. Cancer Rate World's Seventh Highest

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 25, 2011

"We know that people in high-income countries are more likely to be overweight, to drink more alcohol and to be inactive," said AIC nutritionist, Alice Bender. "There is strong, consistent, scientific evidence that those factors increase risk of several common cancers ­ those rankings bear that out."

She added that "the good news is that the high incidence rates in the U.S. and other high-income countries are not inevitable; lifestyle changes can make a real difference to people's risk."

The AICR said in a statement that about one-third of the most common cancers in the U.S. can be prevented through maintaining a healthy weight, being more physically active and eating a more healthy diet and not smoking.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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