Smoking, alcohol and obesity 'among biggest cancer risks'

7 December 2011

Cancer risk is accelerated by cigarettes, alcohol and obesity, according to new statistics from Cancer Research UK which suggested that more than 100,000 cases of the disease are caused by such factors.

The research showed that around one-third of all cancer patients in Britain are people who have a poor diet, smoke or consume excessive amounts of alcohol on a regular basis.

Cancer Research UK analysed 14 environmental and lifestyle risk factors - including excessive sun exposure and use of sunbeds, occupation, infections and radiation - and found that overall the figure of cancer sufferers linked to these factors rose to 134,000.

Professor Max Parkin, a Cancer Research UK epidemiologist based at Queen Mary, University of London and author of the study, said that many people believe cancer is down to fate or 'in the genes', but few make connections between their lifestyle and the risk that it poses.

He added: "Looking at all the evidence, it's clear that around 40 per cent of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change."

According to the National Cancer Institute in the US, lung cancer is one of the most common types of the disease causing the most deaths.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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