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Unhealthy lifestyles giving rise to 2500 cancer cases a week

25 March 2018, 12:29 | Darrell Baldwin

More than 3,500 cases of cancer a year in Northern Ireland could be prevented through simple lifestyle changes

More than 3,500 cases of cancer a year in Northern Ireland could be prevented through simple lifestyle changes

Britain's obesity crisis is to blame for 23,000 cases of cancer a year and is on course to overtake smoking as the main preventable cause of the disease, researchers have warned. "Prevention is the most cost-effective way of beating cancer", Kumar said.

Obesity was found to be the second biggest contributor in preventable cancer cases, with around 22,800 diagnoses a year due to the patient being overweight or obese.

Of the 360,000 new cases diagnosed in 2015, about 135,500 could have been prevented, according to Cancer Research UK.

It said more action was needed to tackle the "health threat" of obesity.

Benedict Jephcote, Editor of Diabetes.co.uk, added: "The figures show that obesity is strongly with cancer, however to say obesity is the cause is to ignore the elephant in the room".

'Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do for your health'. At the time, she was almost 20 stone.

However, this was altered to "obesity is a cause of cancer" for the campaign proper this year.

Exposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds caused around 13,600 cases of melanoma skin cancer in 2015 (3.8% of all cases), while drinking alcohol and eating too little fibre each caused around 3.3% of cancers.

Researchers found that obesity could soon become riskier than smoking and should be called "the new smoking".

However, overall the analysis found the proportion of preventable cases of cancer had fallen - from 42.7% in 2011 to 37.7%.

Cancer Research UK says obesity is particularly linked to breast and womb cancers.

The CRUK research team hopes authorities would help curb cancer rates through tobacco and junk food taxes, advertising bans, and boring packaging for cigarettes.

The team said they hoped the government would learn from "the success of measures such as advertising restrictions, tobacco taxes and standardised packaging in cutting smoking rates", and suggested that major brands should promote healthier options.

"Given the now high rates of obesity in young people, this represents (like cigarette smoking) a major societal challenge beyond the bounds of the medical arena".



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