Poor diets are widely associated with the development of certain cancers, including the excessive consumption of processed meats and sugary drinks.
A new study breaks down different diets and sheds light on which cancers they’re most commonly associated with, such as a higher link to mouth cancer in people who don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables.
The study comes from the Health Sciences Campus at Tufts University, where researchers looked at preventable cancers and their association with different types of poor diets, as well as under and overeating and excessive body weight.
The team found that poor diets may have been behind around 5.2-percent of new invasive cancer cases in adults in 2015.
In comparison, alcohol drives between 4- and 6-percent of cases; excessive body weight drives 7- to 8-percent of cases, and low physical activity is behind 2- to 3-percent of new cancer cases.
As with things like alcohol consumption and activity levels, food intake is relatively easy to modify and may help prevent otherwise difficult and burdensome cancer cases.