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Did You Know?: Lifestyle Choices & Cancer

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Air date: September 14, 2008


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Did you Know? is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

According to a survey funded by the International Union against Cancer, the majority of people around the world believe that cancer is caused by things outside their control, like pollution.

But when it comes to lifestyle choices like heavy eating and alcohol abuse, people donít seem to be aware of, or refuse to believe, that these are also major causes of cancer.

The survey queried around 30,000 people of varied income and education levels from 29 countries. People in the highest income countries, including Australia, Britain and the United State, are most likely to fail to accept the medical fact that heavy drinking raises the risk of cancer. People in middle-income countries, including China and Mexico, are more willing to accept it.

The survey doesnít explain why people are less willing to acknowledge that lifestyle choices can raise the risk for cancer. But the International Union against Cancer does recommend that people wise up and accept the fact that how we live can put us at risk for cancer, or help prevent it.