8 February 2011
Adhering to a healthy lifestyle could dramatically reduce a person's chances of being diagnosed with cancer.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), around 80,000 cancers could be tackled pre-emptively in the UK , if people took regular exercise and maintained a healthy weight.
WCRF claimed that breast and bowel cancers could be slashed by 42 and 43 per cent respectively if the population got fitter and healthier.
Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser for the WCRF, said: "It is distressing that even in 2011 people are dying unnecessarily from cancers that could be prevented through maintaining a healthy weight, diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors."
"We still a have chance to avert a big increase in cancer cases in the UK, so we urge the public and the government to make cancer prevention a public health priority," he added.
The WCRF claims that having a body mass index of between 18.5 and 25 will reduce a person's cancer risk.
1 "Ahead of World Cancer Day: How we can reduce our cancer risk". World Cancer Research Fund. Wednesday, January 19th 2011.
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