Charity says cancer risk can be reduced through healthier lifestyles

2 August 2011

Developing cancer is not purely down to chance but can be significantly affected by lifestyle choices, says a leading cancer charity based in Wales.

Medical researchers from Tenovus have highlighted the need to improve public awareness that lifestyle choices and the impact of conditions such as obesity can have significant ramifications for patients, even leading to chemotherapy treatment and radiotherapy in the worst cases.

"Only three per cent of people surveyed knew that being overweigh was a cancer risk," said Dr Ian Lewis, associate director of research at Tenovus.

He added: "There is still a common misconception that in all cases developing cancer is purely down to chance."

The comments come after an announcement yesterday (August 1st) from the World Cancer Research Fund following analysis of figures which showed the UK female population had an above-European-average chance of developing the disease.

According to the research, British females are 17 per cent more likely to develop cancer by the age of 75 than their continental counterparts.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


1 International Agency for Research on Cancer, "GLOBOCAN 2008: Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide in 2008". World Health Organisation, Lyon, France.

2, "Food Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer". World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research. June 21 2010.


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