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New study reports that diet is critical to cancer prevention

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7112.831a (Published 04 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:831
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    A predominantly plant based diet and maintenance of a healthy body weight could prevent four million cases of cancer worldwide, concludes a report by the World Cancer Research Fund. A separate British report, Nutritional Aspects of the Development of Cancer, to be published shortly by the Committee on the Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy, includes similar recommendations.

    In 1996 the global incidence of cancer stood at 10.3 million cases; on the basis of current trends, this is expected to reach 14.7 million cases by 2020, says the fund's report, …

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