Healthy weight 'can improve the fight against cancer'

4 October 2012

Maintaining a healthy weight could help a person to better protect their body against a number of life-threatening diseases.

This is the main finding of a study carried out by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), which underlines the danger that excess body weight poses.

According to the research, an estimated 123,000 cancer cases are attributed to weight in the UK every year, but around 22,000 of these could be prevented.

In fact, the WCRF's Continuous Update Project highlighted that a healthy weight could have stopped 1,257 people from developing pancreatic cancer alone.

However, the research went on to reveal that staying in shape can also enhance the fight against cancers of the breast, bowel, oesophagus, kidney, womb and gall bladder.

Prof Alan Jackson, professor of human nutrition at the University of Southampton, highlighted: "Through keeping levels of body fat low, a lot of people will avoid getting cancer in the first place – forestalling the pain and anguish associated with the disease."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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