At least 13,000 yearly cancer deaths are preventable

4 February 2013

Around 13,000 deaths from cancer could be prevented every year in the UK, according to new research.

The organisation behind the research, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), said that the government could be doing more to prevent premature death from cancer.

Premature death in this case means between the age of 30 and 69.

A survey by WCRF of more than 2,000 adults found that 28 per cent think that there is little that can be done to prevent cancer, thinking instead it is down to fate.

Brits should be given more and clearer advice as to how they can reduce their cancer risk.

Dr Kate Allen, executive director of science and public affairs at WCRF, said the survey results were concerning as a third of common cancers can be prevented by lifestyle changes.

“Everyone has a role to play in preventing cancer but governments and health professionals are key to raising awareness and making it easier for individuals to change their lifestyle habits,” she said.

Around 7.6 million people die worldwide from cancer each year, of which four million are premature deaths.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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