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More than a third of cancers preventable, says new report

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More than a third of all cancers could be prevented by following healthy patterns of diet, exercise and weight management, according to a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

The report, Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention, published today, estimates that around 43% of bowel cancers and 42% of breast cancer cases in the UK could be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, three quarters of cases of oesophageal cancer and just under half of all stomach cancers could be prevented this way.

The global report, thought to be the most comprehensive report ever published on the subject, highlights the importance of cancer prevention across the world.

It outlines 48 key recommendations that should be adopted by governments, schools, workplaces and healthcare institutions to help reduce cancer risk.

Mike Richards, national clinical director for cancer, welcomed the report. ‘The evidence linking diet, physical activity, obesity and cancer has become stronger over the last decade,' he said.

‘After not smoking, it is clear that diet, physical activity and weight are the most important things people can do to reduce their cancer risk.'

The full report can be downloaded from the WCRF website

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  • This report is focused on diet but we know the bad diet is not the only risk factor. Still we do not have any guarantee that within this group other factors will not cause a cancer anyway. The only positive side of this report is that it promotes healthy life style. Last but not least: the third of what quantity?

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