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UK oesophageal cancer rates 'highest in Europe'

Oesophageal cancer rates are higher in the UK than any other European nation, research by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has revealed.

In addition, fatalities from liver cancer in Britain have risen by more than 70% of late, with alcohol and obesity helping to fuel increases in both diseases.

It emerged that many of these cancer cases could be prevented by adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Using World Health Organisation estimates, the WCRF revealed that 6.4 people out of every 100,000 in the UK develop oesophageal cancer every year - considerably less than second-placed Ireland (5.9 people) and the Netherlands (5.8), which had the third highest rate in Europe.

Around 3.9 people develop oesophageal cancer in France every year, while 2.8 people are treated for the disease in Spain. The European average is 3.3.

Cyprus (at 0.5) has the lowest rate in Europe, whilst Mongolia (18.7) has the highest rate of oesophageal cancer in the world.

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