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a obesity imageMarch 28 2018

More than 135,000 cases of cancer each year could be prevented by lifestyle changes, Cancer Research UK has warned.

Research indicates that 37.7% of cancer cases in the UK in 2015 were attributable to known cancer risk factors. Overall, the figure was slightly higher in males (38.6%) compared to females (36.8%).

Tobacco smoking is responsible for the largest proportion of preventable cancers (15.1%) followed by overweight/obesity at 6.3%.

Tobacco smoke caused around 32,200 cases of cancer in men (17.7% of all male cancer cases) and around 22,000 (12.4%) in women in 2015. Around 22,800 (6.3%) cases of cancer were down to being overweight or obese, around 13,200 (7.5%) cases of cancer in women and around 9,600 (5.2%) in men.

Other significant risk factors included UV radiation and occupational risks (both at 3.8%) and drinking alcohol (11,900 cases, 3.3%), eating too little fibre (11,700 cases, 3.3%) and outdoor air pollution (3,600 lung cancer cases a year or 1% of all cancer cases).

Findings from the study led by Cancer Research UK have been published in the British Journal of Cancer. “For 10 cancer types, including two of the five most common cancer types in the UK (lung cancer and melanoma skin cancer), more than 70% of UK cancer cases were attributable to known risk factors,” said Cancer Research UK.

Sir Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “This research clearly demonstrates the impact of smoking and obesity on cancer risk. Prevention is the most cost-effective way of beating cancer and the UK Government could do much more to help people by making a healthy choice the easy choice.”

Responding to the research, the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Chair, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, said: “We appreciate that asking patients to make lifestyle changes might seem easier said than done, but one message to get across is that living healthily does not need to be boring.

“However, it can’t all be down to healthcare professionals to get these messages across. We need a society-wide approach with schools, workplaces, local authorities, and public health bodies all playing a part.

“We also need to ensure that high-quality, cost-effective services that can help people change their lifestyle habits, such as smoking cessation programmes, provision of green spaces, and a free supply of fresh drinking water in public places, are available to those who need them.”

Links:
Cancer research UK announcement      
KF Brown et al. ‘The fraction of cancer attributable to modifiable risk factors in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom in 2015’. British Journal of Cancer. Published online March 23 2018. doi:10.1038/s41416-018-0029-6      
RCGP comment           

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