Did you know that over 340,000 cases of cancer could be prevented if Americans moved more, weighed less and ate healthier? The United States has the 7th overall highest cancer rate in the world according to the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR).

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. This month is dedicated to encouraging people to make small changes in their lifestyles to reduce their cancer risk.

Is there a link between obesity and cancer?

  • Excess body fat can increase risks for many diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Excess body fat has a direct correlation to at least 12 cancers including esophageal cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer, stomach cancer, kidney cancer, advanced prostate cancer and more.
  • Excess body fat puts people at a higher risk for cancer due to fat cells produce hormones that promote cell growth; the more these cells split the higher the risk of cancer.


AICR has outlined ways to reduce your cancer risk:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Being more active
  • Avoiding sugary drinks
  • Eating a variety of vegetables


The staff at Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center is available to answer any questions you have about leading a healthier lifestyle. Please contact us with any questions; a member of our team will be happy to assist you.