ICYMI: May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016

Feature StoryPreventHalfTheDeaths

Scientists have determined how we can prevent half of all cancer deaths 

THURSDAY, May 19 (Washington Post) — Imagine a powerful new treatment that could cut all cancer deaths by more than half.

In the age of $10,000-a-month cancer drugs that often extend life by the thinnest margins — a few precious months before the cancer rages back — the idea of such a potent effect sounds like a fantasy.

But it isn’t, exactly. A new study published in the journal JAMA Oncology estimates that by applying insights we’ve had for decades — no smoking, drinking in moderation, maintaining a healthy body weight and exercising — more than half of cancer deaths could be prevented and new cases of cancer could drop by 40 percent to 60 percent.

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