Over 5% of new cancer cases in U.S. adults in 2015 were attributable to poor diet

Over 5% of new cancer cases in U.S. adults in 2015 were attributable to poor diet

CNN (5/22, Howard) reports researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and concluded that “an estimated 80,110 new cancer cases among adults 20 and older in the United States in 2015 were attributable simply to eating a poor diet.” The study’s first author, Dr. Fang Fang Zhang of Tufts University, said, “This is equivalent to about 5.2% of all invasive cancer cases newly diagnosed among US adults in 2015,” which “is comparable to the proportion of cancer burden attributable to alcohol.” The findings were published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum.

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