Healthy lifestyles can reduce cancer deaths by 30%

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About 30 per cent of cancer deaths can be reduced by changing lifestyles, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO says the five leading factors for these deaths are obesity, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, as well as tobacco and alcohol use.

The UN health agency says most of the deaths each year are caused by lung, stomach, liver, colon, and breast cancer.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl briefed reporters in Geneva on the eve of World Cancer Day which is observed on 4 February.

"In 2008, 7.6 million people died from cancer, making cancer one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide and the number of global cancer deaths is projected to increase by 45 per cent between 2008 and 2030. Thirty per cent of all cancer deaths can be avoided by a change of lifestyle and more health behaviours."Duration: 21"

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