Cancer cases due to obesity rise in the UK

According to the study, about 135,000 cases of the disease – a third of the total in the United Kingdom – could be avoided because they are directly linked to habits and lifestyle

Obesity-related cancers have increased in the UK over the past 7 years, from 5.5% in 2011 to 6.3% today, the Cancer Research UK institute reported today.

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In the same period, cases originating from tobacco consumption fell to 15.1% from 19.4% in 2011.

According to the study, about 135,000 cases of the disease – a third of the total in the United Kingdom – could be avoided because they are directly linked to habits and lifestyle.

After tobacco and obesity, the third risk factor responsible for the largest number of cancer cases is exposure to UV rays.

In this regard, the institution indicated that undue exposure to the sun accounts for about 13,600 cases of melanoma in the UK each year, equivalent to 3.8% of all cancers; other factors that influence the development of the disease are alcohol consumption and low fiber intake.

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The analysis concluded that the overall proportion of preventable cancers declined, from 42.7% in 2011 to 37% today.

“Obesity is now a major threat to health and will worsen if nothing is done. The UK Government should seize the success of tobacco prevention if it is to reduce cancers related to overweight, “said Linda Bauld, a specialist in cancer research UK.

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