Risky business

New study shows lifestyle is more important than genes when it comes to cancer

An ambitious Spanish study set out to map the main risk factors for colorectal cancer which included both genetic and lifestyle factors. After examining the health, family history, gene variants, diet, lifestyle, drug use, age and some other considerations of over 4,000 participants, the authors came to the conclusion that lifestyle factors are more important than genetics in the development of colorectal cancer.

The main risks were red meat consumption of more than 65 grams per day, low vegetable consumption (less than 200 grams per day), obesity, low physical activity and excessive alcohol consumption. More proof that a healthy vegan diet significantly lowers the risk of colorectal cancer!

Ibáñez-Sanz G et al., 2017. Risk Model for Colorectal Cancer in Spanish Population Using Environmental and Genetic Factors: Results from the MCC-Spain study. Scientific Reports. 7:43263.