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Awareness of the links between lifestyle and cancer risk in Britain

The British public is more aware than ever of the links between lifestyle factors like weight, diet, physical activity and cancer risk.

But despite better awareness in England, and unprecedented levels of awareness in Scotland and Wales, government figures in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) up to 2012 showed that, in the UK overall, we were still failing to eat enough fruit and vegetables and eating too much salt, sugar and fat.

Put simply, there’s a gap between “awareness” and the type of “actions” that would help to prevent cancer.

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World Cancer Day: Cancer can be prevented

World Cancer Day: cancer can be prevented
World Cancer Day

At World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) we are proud to be supporting World Cancer Day, which is organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

This year, the focus is on the fact that cancer is a preventable disease and the UICC has announced our updated estimates on the proportion of cancers that can be prevented.

The overall finding is that many cases of cancer in the UK and around the world can be prevented through eating a healthy diet, being regularly physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.

The team at Cancer Research UK have also issued a press release about how breast cancer rates are increasing. This highlights the fact that women can make lifestyle changes that can make a real difference to their breast cancer risk.

As Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of health information, said: “Women cannot change their genes but small changes in everyday habits can help to reduce cancer risk.”

And the impact these changes can have on their breast cancer risk is significant. World Cancer Research Fund estimates that about 42 per cent of breast cancer cases in the UK are linked to alcohol, excess body fat and lack of physical activity.

It has already been a busy morning at WCRF, with colleagues doing various radio interviews to promote the message about how people can reduce their cancer risk.

I did an interview with Gaby Roslin and Paul Ross on BBC Radio London this morning. You can hear it on the iPlayer from about 61.5 minutes in. Professor Martin Wiseman was on Five Live, also available on the iPlayer from 2.20 in.

On World Cancer Day, we are urging people to consider making the kind of lifestyle changes that can reduce their cancer risk.

But that’s not all they can do. By signing the UICC’s World Cancer Declaration, people can help send the message to policymakers that preventing cancer should be a top priority.