NEW YORK- According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Stony Brook University has revealed that cancer is caused by environmental factors like smoking, radiation, and toxic chemicals.
Modern lifestyles are causing 90 per cent of cancers, according to the research.
Poor diet, a lack of exercise, stress and pollution are cited as the main contributory factors for the majority of cancers of the lung, breast and prostate.
Researchers looked at the genetic “fingerprints” of several cancers to try to work out how much of the risk was associated with environmental factors, The Times reports.
And in a paper published in the science Journal Nature they estimated that up to 90 per cent of the most common cancers were caused by external factors rather than cellular mistakes in the body.
Among the external factors are pollution, ultraviolet radiation and stress and then factors within people’s own control such as diet and exercise.
The results point to a healthier lifestyle as a key component to reduce your risk of cancer.
Giving up smoking, taking regular exercise and eating well could all be used as preventative measures in the fight against cancer.
Cancers occur when defective DNA in a cell makes it grow at a rapid rate. This can be caused by stresses on the cell or copying errors within the cell.
It is pertinent to mention that a study by Cancer Research UK earlier this year found about 40 per cent of cancer cases could have been prevented by a healthier lifestyle.