The 6 risk factors behind 90% of preventable Australian cancers

ABOUT 37,000 Australian cancer cases could be prevented each year, the majority through just six lifestyle changes.

Smoking, UV radiation, body weight, alcohol consumption, eating red meat and consuming insufficient fruit and green vegetables, account for 90% of preventable cancers, according to the first study to quantify preventable cancer deaths in Australia.

The research shows tobacco is the leading risk factor, causing 13% of all cancers. It contributes to 81% of lung cancer cases, 59% of oral and pharyngeal, and 60% of oesophageal cancers, write Professor