Fast food, alcohol and too much sun exposure contribute to around 400 preventable cancer cases a day in the UK, experts warn today.
They estimate that around 155,000 diagnoses each year could be avoided if Britons led a healthier lifestyle.
Reducing red meat, avoiding processed meats and reducing alcohol consumption are among the World Cancer Research Fund’s recommendations to reduce your risk of developing the disease.
Around 387,820 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2019/20, an increase of more than 20,000 in two years, despite the disruption to services due to the Covid pandemic.
Fast food, alcohol and too much sun exposure contribute to around 400 preventable cancer cases a day in the UK, experts warn today
About four in 10 of those cases could be prevented with better lifestyle choices, such as eating healthier, not smoking and exercising more, the charity said.
Breast cancer was the most common form with 56,987 new diagnoses, closely followed by prostate cancer with 55,068.
Lung cancer remains the deadliest – with 34,171 deaths in 2019/20 – and the second with 48,754 new cases.
These numbers are down slightly from 35,180 and 48,017 respectively. Cases of the deadly skin cancer melanoma, which can be caused by excessive sun exposure, rose from 16,183 to 17,845 over the two years.
Cases of the deadly skin cancer melanoma, which can be caused by excessive sun exposure, rose from 16,183 to 17,845 over the two years
There have now been 44,706 cases and 17,484 deaths from colorectal cancer, which is increasingly being linked to lifestyle factors.
Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher risk of 13 types of cancer, including breast, uterine, colon, liver, kidney and pancreas cancer. It is estimated that smoking is responsible for 70 percent of lung cancer cases, almost a fifth of all new cancer cases each year.
But with around two-thirds of adults and one-third of children being overweight or obese, experts warn it’s only a matter of time before this overtakes smoking as the leading cause of the disease.
Data suggests the number of preventable cases has increased by 8,000 since 2017/18.
dr Vanessa Gordon-Dseagu of WCRF, which funds scientists around the world to study ways to prevent cancer, said the aging population will continue to grow in the coming decades.
Reducing red meat, avoiding processed meats and reducing alcohol consumption are among the World Cancer Research Fund’s recommendations to reduce your risk of developing the disease
However, she suggested that avoiding alcohol, eating no more than three servings of red meat a week and eating little, if any, processed meat could reduce your chances of developing many types of cancer.
Other measures include staying safe in the sun and mothers breastfeeding babies whenever possible.
“Over the years, research has estimated that approximately 40 percent of cancers are associated with modifiable risk factors,” added Dr. Gordon Dseagu added.
“These include quitting smoking and limiting sun exposure. Alongside this, research has shown that individuals can reduce their risk by following the WCRF’s recommendations for cancer prevention.
“Screening plays a crucial role in improving cancer outcomes – the earlier someone is diagnosed, the more likely they are to survive.”
The charity’s report comes after Cancer Research UK said “quitting smoking” would reduce deaths from the disease, which is linked to deprived areas.
A study published last week in the journal PLOS One found that if nobody in England smoked, such deaths would drop from 27,200 to 16,500.
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