More than 135,000 Cancer Cases in UK Could Be Prevented Each Year, Report Says

More than 135,000 Cancer Cases in UK Could Be Prevented Each Year, Report Says
More than 37.7 percent, or 135,000, of all cancers diagnosed each year in the United Kingdom could be prevented through lifestyle changes, a new report from Cancer Research UK says. Breast cancer ranked as the third most common type of cancer in the U.K. in 2015 in women, both preventable and non-preventable, behind lung cancer and non-melanoma skin cancer. Cancer Research UK investigators reported the findings from 2015 cancer data in the report, "The fraction of cancer attributable to modifiable risk factors in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom in 2015," published in the British Journal of Cancer. Figures show that smoking remains the biggest preventable cause of cancer, despite the continued decline in smoking rates. In 2015, tobacco smoke was responsible for 12.4 percent of all female cancer cases, excess weight accounted for 7.5 percent of cancer cases in women, and overexposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds was the third leading cause of preventable cancer, with 3.8 percent of cases. Other preventable causes include alcohol consumption, eating too little fiber, and outdoor air pollution. "Leading a healthy life doesn't guarantee that a person won't get cancer, but it can stack the odds in your favor,” Sir Harpal Kumar, CEO of Cancer Research UK, said in a press release. “These figures show that we each can take positive steps to help reduce our individual risk of the disease. This res
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