Obesity could become chief avoidable cancer cause, United Kingdom charity says

According to the charity, they account for 612 cases of cancer in Northern Ireland each year.

Dealing with smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption could make the biggest difference.

More than 2,500 cancer cases diagnosed every week in the United Kingdom are preventable by making simple lifestyle changes, research has found.

Obesity is now responsible for 23,000 cases of cancer every year and is fast becoming the main preventable cause of the disease.

However, it has also raised the risk of developing the killer disease from being overweight and obese - with 572 new cancer cases attributed to this.

In 2015, the research found around 32,200 cases of cancer in men (17.7% of all male cancer cases) and around 22,000 (12.4%) in women due to the tobacco smoke exposure.

The charity said obesity causes 13 types of preventable cancers, including bowel, breast, kidney and womb.

"Banning junk food TV adverts before the 9 p.m. watershed is an important part of the comprehensive approach needed", said Linda Bauld from the non-profit.

Margaret Carr from CRUK said: "These research findings are startling in that, for the first time, we can see how many cases of cancer could be prevented by things like not smoking and keeping a healthy weight".

Public Health England recently published a rule of thumb guideline to combat the obesity crisis.

The research team also found that cancer rates in the United Kingdom have increased 7% over the last ten years. Most of these cases are linked to Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and H. Pylori.

New figures from Cancer Research UK show that smoking is the biggest avoidable risk factor for cancer, followed by unhealthy diets and drinking.

Nearly four in ten of all cancers could be avoided by switching to a healthier diet, doing more exercise and giving up smoking, Cancer Research UK has said.

"We have already reached a record low in the numbers of teenagers smoking, and halved the number of children being exposed to second hand smoke".

"Scotland is also the first part of the United Kingdom to have set a target to eliminate smoking from society by 2034".

  • Santos West