The latest cancer “good news” doesn’t give the big picture

Here’s a new headline I came across recently: “U.S. Cancer Deaths Sharply Decline Within 20 Years.

The study, by the American Cancer Society, seems blissfully amazing: The death rate from cancer decreased 22 percent from 1991 to 2011. And more than 1.5 million Americans avoided death from cancer since 1991 thanks to more cancer prevention and falling smoking rates.

Sounds great.

But while the powers-that-be are busy patting themselves on the back, they’re neglecting some pretty important details that make up the big picture when it comes to cancer.

As I told you last week, new research revealed that excess body weight is the culprit behind nearly half a million cases of cancer each year, worldwide.

And with more people than ever overweight and BMIs reaching new heights every year, it’s just a matter of time before we’re facing a cancer epidemic like nothing the world has ever seen before. So unless we get real, we’re going to get fatter… and sicker. And “good news” like this will seem like a cruel joke.

Yes, it’s OK to revel in a bit of good news. But don’t let that lull you into inaction. Keep your guard up and keep feeding yourself well.