Lifestyle as risk factor for cancer: Evidence from human studies

Cancer Lett. 2010 Jul 28;293(2):133-43. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2009.12.013. Epub 2010 Jan 18.


It is increasingly appreciated that the chances of developing cancer are significantly affected by the choice of our lifestyle. There are several uncontrollable risk factors which account for the majority of cancers, but we can modify our lifestyle to reduce enhanced threat of cancer. Healthy lifestyle behaviors for cancer risk reduction include a healthy diet, weight management, regular exercise, reduction in alcohol consumption and smoking cessation. In this article, we present evidences on the association between certain lifestyle characteristics and their contribution for developing breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers, using information derived from human studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Colonic Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Exercise
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Lung Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Obesity / complications
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Radiation
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking Cessation