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Monday 5 December 2016

Lifestyle changes could cut cancer risk

Lifestyle changes could cut cancer risk
Lifestyle changes could cut cancer risk

Some 84,000 cases of cancer could be prevented every year if people lost weight, exercised and cut their drinking, experts have said.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) published data showing how many cancer cases could be stopped if people led more healthy lifestyles.

It estimates around a third of cases could be prevented through improved diet, exercise, lower alcohol and keeping to a healthy body weight.

Around 38pc of new incidences of breast cancer in the UK (20,300 cases) could be prevented every year, along with 19,800 cases of bowel cancer, 2,200 cases of kidney cancer and 1,400 cases of pancreatic cancer. Among men, 9pc of prostate cancer cases could be prevented if men were not overweight or obese.

Battle

Breast cancer is the most common among women, accounting for almost one-in-three new cases. In men, prostate cancer is the most common, accounting for 26pc.

Rachel Thompson, World Cancer Research Fund's head of research interpretation, said: "The number of cases of cancer is increasing each year, but we mustn't stand by idly and watch - there are things we can do.

"There is no doubt that simple changes to diet and lifestyle can make a huge difference in the battle against cancer.

"Even minor adjustments, like 10 to 15 extra minutes of physical activity each day, cutting down on alcohol, or limiting your intake of high calorie foods and sugary drinks, will help," she said.

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