Real changes needed to halt cancer rates

15th July 2011

Practical lifestyle changes need to be made to avoid the risk of cancer, that's the view of the association for international cancer research.

More than four in ten Brits will be diagnosed with cancer in their lives, a study by Macmillan Cancer Support shows, and AICR believes that awareness of the disease is not enough to change attitudes towards risky lifestyle choices.

Dr Mark Matfield, scientific co-ordinator at the AICR, explained: "Improving public awareness could help save lives currently lost to cancer, although the fact that people still smoke, despite knowing the dangers, suggests that awareness is not enough on its own to ensure that people avoid lifestyle choices that increase their risk of cancer."

Macmillan Cancer Support said recently that cancer rates are increasing at such a rate that research shows that 42 per cent of people who die in the UK will have had a cancer diagnosis

The number of people living with cancer has also increased in the UK by 35 per cent in the last ten years, this is because more people are getting cancer but cancer treatment is also improving so people are surviving longer.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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