Albert Biete, full academician of the Royal European Academy of Doctors-Barcelona 1914 (RAED), concludes that 40% of cancer cases currently diagnosed in Western societies could be avoided by healthier lifestyles. Head of the Radiation Oncology Service of the Clinical Institute of Hematology and Oncology of Barcelona and president of the Spanish Association of University Teachers of Radiology and Physical Medicine, Biete participated in the III International Act of the RAED, which took place between 15 and 22 July in various cities of the Baltic, with the conference “Avances en el conocimiento de la relación entre el cáncer y los estilos de vida” (Advances in the knowledge of the relationship between cancer and lifestyles).
“With healthy lifestyles, 40% of cancers could be avoided. Pollution also influences the risk of cancer, and vegetarian diets have been shown to reduce risk by 27%, although studies on the incidence of red meatare inconclusive. Overweight and obesity increase the risk of colon and breast cancer and no one doubts that physical activity is one of the best ways to prevent the disease”, said the academician.
“Lifestyles, genetics and health system. These are the three main aspects that influence the development of cancer -he continued-. So we should have more influence on changing lifestyles than on alleviating their consequences”.