Obesity 'to cause around 700,000 new UK cancer cases by 2035'

7 January 2016

A new study has indicated that up to 700,000 new cases of cancer linked to being overweight or obese could be diagnosed in the UK during the next 20 years.

Analysis from Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum has indicated that three in four adults will be overweight or obese by 2035, which will not only prompt a surge in cancer diagnoses, but also type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke.

It is estimated that this would cost the NHS an additional 2.5 billion pounds a year by 2035 beyond what is already spent on obesity-related disease, with the spread of disease likely to impact the poorest in society most.

However, the report also indicated that small changes can have a significant impact in addressing this. Even a one per cent shift in people moving from the overweight or obese category to the healthy weight category every year could prevent more than 64,000 cancer cases over the next 20 years.

Alison Cox, director of cancer prevention at Cancer Research UK, said: "We need to attack the obesity problem on many fronts and we must act now. Otherwise our children will pay the price, and the next generation will have poorer health, face more disease and die earlier."

Posted by Edward Bartel


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