New Survey Says: Americans Don’t Recognize Cancer Risk Factors

02-23-2017 8:53 AM

The American Institute for Cancer Research released fascinating survey results about what Americans think causes cancer. You can read the entire press release here.

How much do you know?

Only half of Americans know obesity links to cancer.

Aside from not smoking, staying a healthy weight is the single most important step you can take to lower your cancer risk.

Fewer than four in 10 Americans realize alcohol increases cancer risks.

Only 1 in 10 Americans know that coffee lowers risk of endometrial and liver cancers.

More than a quarter of Americans believe sugar causes cancer. However, research shows that sugar is only indirectly related to cancer in that too much increases body fat.

Only 35 percent realize that a diet high in red meat increases cancer risk. This number hasn’t changed in the last 16 years.

Most Americans believe that stress, hormones in beef and genetically modified foods lead to cancer. The reality? They have no proven connection to increase cancer risk.

About 40 percent of Americans say a high-fat diet links to cancer. However, studies are inconclusive. However, strong research shows exercise prevents several cancers.

Want to know more? Visit aicr.org/can-prevent.