In line with figures released by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Dr Katrina Brown confirms that 4 in every 10 cases of cancer could be prevented through lifestyle changes such as:
- Stopping smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Following a healthy diet
- Enjoying the sun, safely
- Avoiding certain substances at work
- Prevention of certain infections
- Limiting alcohol consumption
In support, The Guardian claims that each week more than 2,500 of the cancer cases that occur are avoidable. Whilst explaining that cancer survival is improving, they highlight that the rate at which new cancer cases appear in the UK has risen by 7% in the last 10 years.
Considering the current ageing population, in line with the rate at which our population is growing, this figure is expected rise by a further 2% each year; making prevention extremely important.
And despite the fact that the smoking rate in the UK is falling by around 1% each year, it remains the largest preventative cause; accounting for just over 15% of all cases. Following this, the weight of our nation is reported to be a growing concern, and the reason behind 6.3% of cancer cases.
New research published in the British Journal of Cancer also reveals that drinking alcohol, having a low-fibre diet and infections such as HPV, each account for just over 3% - with exposure to substances at work causing almost 4%. Air pollution and the eating of processed meat then follow, accounting for less than 2% of cases.
“What we are talking about here is at the population level: what we can’t do is say for any individual person what their risk is,” said Sir Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive for CRUK. “We can’t for example say if you don’t smoke you won’t get cancer, neither can we say if you do smoke you will get cancer, because these things are affected by other factors.”
Prevention is not a promise.
Yet what we can do is help stack the odds in our favour. We can make a conscious effort to eliminate the impact a situation of cause and effect can have.
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