More Than 2,500 Cancer Cases A Week Could Be Avoided

A new Cancer Research UK study has estimated that more than 135,500 cases of cancer a year in the UK could be prevented through lifestyle changes. It is estimated that behavioural changes could prevent 4 out of 10 cancers in the future.

It is important to remember that the causes of cancer are very complex. Through scientific research, we know that our own personal risk actually depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and things to do with our lifestyle. We can’t do much about our genes or our environment but we are more able to manage or change our lifestyle. Surveys have shown that people aren’t necessarily aware of lifestyle issues that are linked to cancer. For example, studies have found that 15 in 20 people don’t know obesity causes cancer, and 18 in 20 people aren’t aware of the link between alcohol and cancer.
‘Healthy living’ is not a cast-iron guarantee against cancer. But it stacks the odds in your favour, by reducing the risk of developing it.

Things we can do to reduce our cancer risk include:

  • Not smoking
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Keeping a healthy bodyweight
  • Cutting back on alcohol
  • Enjoying the sun safely
  • Keeping physically active

You can find out more about how to reduce your risk of cancer on the Cancer Research website here.