Smoking and obesity cause 66% of all cancer in this country. In other words, two thirds of cases are triggered by lifestyle choice.
Last weekend, local oncologist, medical director and chief of staff Richard Deming spoke at the Des Moines Marathon expo. Dr. Deming founded the Above+Beyond cancer survivor advocacy group. He encourages survivors to fully live life through adventure, tackling Kilimanjaro, marathons and Everest.
Dr. Deming dropped some difficult numbers, he said: "If people stopped smoking, and if everyone ate right and exercised, two thirds of all cancer in this country would go away."
Whoa, I didn't know that.