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Carcinogens and the Relation of Cancer to Diet

Cancer describes a total of more than 100 diseases, which together represent the second leading cause of mortality in the world and in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, with heart disease being the single most common cause of death. In an increasingly sedentary world with a growing reliance on automotive transportation and access to processed, high-caloric food, people living in industrialized and developing nations may best reduce their chances of experiencing cancer by increasing their physical activity levels and eating a more nutritious diet. In fact, what people eat on a regular basis may be the single most common source of exposure to carcinogens, or chemicals that can cause cancer. Dietary choices can also lessen cancer risk by interfering with ...

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