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UK women face highest cancer risk in Europe

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The risk of cancer is 17% higher among British women than those in Europe, partly due to their unhealthy lifestyle, research has suggested.

Women in the UK have a 25.1% chance of developing cancer by the age of 75, compared with a 21.4% risk among their European counterparts, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The research also reveals that women in Britain are 13% more likely to die from the disease than those living on the continent.

Some 10.6% UK women die from cancer before they reach 75, compared with 9.4% of women in Europe.

Dr Rachel Thompson from the World Cancer Research Fund said: “On average, women in the UK are more likely to be overweight and to drink more alcohol than the European average and this is a concern because both these factors increase cancer risk.”

Despite the increased risk for British women, the figures indicate that men in the UK are less likely to develop cancer than those living in Europe.

British men have a 27.8% risk of developing cancer before the age of 75 - 6% lower than the average risk of 29.5% for men in Europe.

 

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