Professor Agnès Buzyn, President of the National Cancer Institute, answered our questions on cancer prevention.
We say and read a lot about cancer prevention, how to clarify messages?
Pr Agnès Buzyn: Prevention is an essential lever to fight against cancer. The numbers speak for themselves: 40% of cancer cases and 35% of cancer deaths are linked to preventable risk factors. However, several surveys show that cancer is too often perceived as a fatality against which we can not do anything either because it is the result of chance or because it is due to external environmental causes often against which we feel powerless.
Even though zero risk does not exist, it is important to reiterate that everyone can act at the individual level to reduce their risk of cancer by adopting health-enhancing behaviors, including stopping smoking and drinking less alcohol., eating balanced, exposing less to UV. Moderate but regular physical activity also appears to be a factor that decreases the risk of some very common cancers.
Agnès Buzyn, President of the National Cancer Institute. She insists on the means on which each of us can intervene ... starting with the cigarette (for the smokers) which is by far the major risk factor!What does the new cancer prevention information campaign launched in 2015 bring?
AB: There are already prevention campaigns to prevent the use of tobacco or alcohol, or campaigns on nutrition. What we wanted to do through this new talk on prevention, is to show the weight of the main risk factors in the causes of cancer in France by putting them in perspective with each other.This hierarchy shows the predominant and particularly worrying weight of tobacco responsible for 47, 000 cancer deaths each year in France and alcohol 15, 000 cancer deaths each year.
This hierarchy of the different risk factors makes it possible to give an overview of the known risks and thus of better benchmarks to act. This is what we wanted to remember through this new information campaign. To personalize the message and provide useful tips to adapt our behavior, we have put online on our website a test, allowing everyone to assess their own risk factors: The test "cancer prevention, 3 minutes to take stock "
Evaluate your cancer risk!
Food, weight, UV rays ... 40% of cancers are related to our lifestyle and could be avoided. Take this test to find out where you are!You want to react, to give your testimony or to ask a question? See you in our FORUMS Cancer or A doctor answers you!
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