Cancer steals more than 150 million years of healthy life every year yet most cancers are avoidable


Doctor Isabelle Soerjomataram, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, and colleagues, in a retrospective study¹, found that nearly 170 million years of healthy life were lost in 2008 alone because of cancer.

Using population-based data from cancer registries they combined figures to derive disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) lost for 184 countries in 12 world regions.  Soerjomataram said “This research shows a higher average premature mortality in lower-income countries and a higher average disability and impairment in higher-income countries”.

Some 65% of the total cancer burden came from lung, liver, breast, stomach, colorectal, cervical, and esophageal cancers, and leukemia.

The researchers found:

  • The ‘high-meat, high-sugar, highly-processed and low-fibre modern diet’, alongside cigarettes, alcohol and high-stress lifestyle/environmental factors are responsible for most of these cancers.
  • They are preventable.

One of my missions in life is to educate on the sheer number of cancers that are not inevitable, not hereditary, not genetic, and not bad luck, but merely caused by poor diet and lifestyle choices.

The world experts all agree on this.

“More than half of the estimated US cancer deaths are related to preventable causes…” The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

“An estimated 42% of the UK’s most common cancer cases could be prevented with a healthy lifestyle change” Cancer Research UK.

“Our reports show that simply by eating well, being physically active, and maintaining a healthy weight, Americans could prevent tens of thousands of cancer cases each year. Even as research on prevention advances every year, knowing that we can cut the numbers of cancer deaths in half just with lifestyle choices — that’s empowering” Susan Higginbotham, American Society of Clinical Oncology (AICR) vice president of research.

“There’s now little doubt that certain lifestyle choices can have a big impact on cancer risk, with research around the world all pointing to the same key risk factors. Leading a healthy lifestyle can’t guarantee someone won’t get cancer, but we can stack the odds in our favor by taking positive steps now that will help decrease our cancer risk in the future” Max Parkin, Cancer Research.

Prostate cancer is the latest example

Even mainstream researchers are now linking prostate cancer risk to the modern diet and lifestyle. Epidemiology tells us that the highest prostate cancer rates exist in the areas with the highest uptakes of the modern diet and lifestyle. Now the science is confirming it. The Continuous Update Project by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) published “an in-depth look at the latest evidence on preventing prostate cancer” with convincing and probable research², saying:

  • Men who are overweight/obese are at much higher risk of developing the most aggressive form of prostate cancer
  • The more excess body fat you are carrying, the greater your risk of being diagnosed with an advanced prostate cancer

What are the most powerful preventative steps to avoid modern lifestyle cancers?

  1. We quit smoking and we ban smoking everywhere
  2. We eat a local, fresh, balanced, seasonal, healthy, plant-based wholefood diet
  3. We lose the excess body weight through diet, lifestyle and environmental changes
  4. We give up the poisons (we drink less alcohol and let go of the coffee)

Come and work with us on thelifeplan® if you would like to achieve exceptional health.


  1. Study by Soerjomataram I, et al “Global burden of cancer in 2008: a systematic analysis of disability-adjusted life-years in 12 world regions” Lancet 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60919-2.  Also study by Ahmedin J “Global burden of cancer: opportunities for prevention” Lancet 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61688-2.  As reported by MedPage Today on October 15, 2012.
  2. Study meta-analysis from “The Continuous Update Project” by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), as published on November 20, 2014.  

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