Most in the U.K. Are Not Aware Obesity Increases Risk of Cancer

Most in the U.K. Are Not Aware Obesity Increases Risk of Cancer
It is estimated that one in every 20 cancer cases in the United Kingdom is linked to obesity, including breast cancer. But, according to a recent survey, three out of four people in the U.K. are unaware of the cancer-obesity link. A new Cancer Research UK report, titled "Tipping the Scales: Why Preventing Obesity Makes Economic Sense," revealed that people with lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to be aware of the increased risk of cancer caused by obesity. Men also are less likely than women to know about this link in co-morbidities. Being overweight or obese is known to increase the risk for developing 10 different types of cancers, including esophagus, breast, liver, pancreas, kidney, bowel, prostate and ovarian cancers. The Cancer Research UK estimates obesity is linked to nearly 18,100 new cancer cases every year in the U.K alone. However, after smoking, being obese is the biggest preventable cause of cancer. "A quarter of all UK adults are estimated to be obese, and this has a real impact on their risk of developing cancer," Julie Sharp, PhD, Cancer Research UK's head of health information, said in a press release. "Eating a healthy balanced diet and becoming more active can help people to keep a healthy weight. And encouraging children and teenagers to do the same can help them keep to a healthy weight later on in life." But most people are not aware that obesity increases the risk of cancer. The survey revealed that 78 percent of those asked didn't know obesity was linked particularly to ovarian cancer, and 69 percent of the respondents were unaware of t
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