Obesity, lack of physical activity, and poor diet are major risk factors for cancer – second only to tobacco use.
According to Cancer Facts and Figures 2022, about 18% of cancer cases and 16% of cancer deaths are related to the combined effects of excess body weight, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet, and thus could be prevented.
These are some of the healthy eating and physical activity (HEAL) investigators currently funded through extramural research grants by the American Cancer Society. They're working to find the answers that will save more lives and better prevent, treat, and manage cancer.
The ACS Population Science department includes scientists who work with our large, on-going cancer prevention studies (CPS), such as CPS-II and CPS-3. Many of these studies are about healthy eating, active living, and obesity. Here's a sample of their work.
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