There are countless benefits to adopting a vegan lifestyle, but can becoming a vegan really prevent you from ever getting cancer? To get the answer to this question you need to have data in order to make assumptions. According to studies, those who follow a vegan diet die of cancer at 1/2 to 3/4 the rate of the general public. So while it is nowhere near 100% it will indeed reduce your chances of getting cancer.
It has been shown that there are lower breast cancer rates in cultures/countries with plant based diets. There are higher breast cancer rates in meat eating countries. Vegans also have a lower rate of being diagnosed with colon cancer than non vegans. All of this can’t be a coincidence.
But why does a vegan diet result in lowering the risk of cancer? Researchers point to the fact that vegan diets have less fat, more beta carotene and more fiber than non vegan diets. Yet there is still much that is unknown about why precisely vegans have lower cancer rates. For example, studies have shown that vegans have more particular white blood cells that destroy cancer cells, yet they can’t pinpoint why.
In closing, becoming a vegan will not prevent you from being diagnosed with cancer, but it will statistically reduce your chances. If there is a history of a certain cancer in your family it may be worth it to adopt a meatless diet and go for a more plant based diet instead.