Cancer Research UK |September 2018| When could overweight and obesity overtake smoking as the biggest cause of cancer in the UK?
Cancer Research UK report that overweight and obesity are on track to overtake smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer in UK women in around a quarter of a century, if current trends continue as projected.
The study is the first attempt to quantify and compare the future smoking- and overweight and obesity attributable cancer burdens. Cancer Research UK projects that smoking and overweight and obesity could cause 20,000 more cancer cases by 2035 than the 75000 cases in 2015. In seventeen years’ time one-tenth of cancers in women (around 25,000 cases) could be caused by smoking and just less than one-tenth (around 23,000 cases) attributed to excess weight.
Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, said:
“Obesity is a huge public health threat right now, and it will only get worse if nothing is done. The UK Government must build on the lessons of smoking prevention to reduce the number of weight-related cancers by making it easier to keep a healthy weight and protect children, as those who are overweight are five times more likely to be so as an adult.
The report has been released to coincide with the launch of the charity’s UK-wide campaign to increase awareness that obesity is a cause of cancer (Source: Cancer Research UK).
Cancer Research UK [Press release] Obesity could overtake smoking as biggest preventable cause of cancer in women
Cancer Research UK [Report] When could overweight and obesity overtake smoking as the biggest cause of cancer in the UK?
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