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Making positive lifestyle changes could help ward off cancer

Published on 20/11/2009
Nearly 80,000 common cancer cases in the UK could be prevented every year by eating healthily and staying active, according to a new report.

The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that over 19,000 cases of breast cancer and 16,000 cases of bowel cancer are preventable.

Dr Laura Bell, science information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: "It's been known for a long time that thousands of cases of cancer could be prevented by changes to lifestyle.

"It's worrying that many people don't know about the links between lifestyle and cancer risk. It's important to raise awareness of the cancer risks that most of us can do something about."

She added that giving up smoking, protecting skin from the sun and maintaining a healthy weight are all additional ways of reducing the risk of cancer.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics indicate that in 2007 breast cancer accounted for 31 per cent of cases among women and prostate cancer for a quarter of in men.

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