Taiwanese urged on World Cancer Day to give up high risk health habits

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/02/04
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) Taiwan’s Health Promotion Administration (HPA) on World Cancer Day Saturday

(CNA file photo)

urged Taiwanese to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, saying such a change would help reduce the risk of cancer.

Habits such as smoking, drinking, poor diet, lack of physical activity are the major risk factors for cancer, along with obesity, accounting for at least one third of all cases worldwide, the HPA said, citing the World Health Organization.

Therefore, as the international community marks World Cancer Day, Taiwanese would be well advised not to smoke, chew betel nuts or drink alcohol but instead to exercise more, observe a healthy diet, pay attention to weight control and get regular health checks, the HPA said.

It said domestic research has found that 15 minutes of exercise per day could extend a person’s lifespan by three years.    [FULL  STORY]

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