Lifestyle blamed for higher cancer rates

Cancer blamed on lifestyle

Cancer blamed on lifestyle

Drinking too much and being overweight are being blamed for high levels of breast cancer among British women.

According to the most recent figures from the World Health Organisation, the UK now ranks 11th out of 50 countries for rates of breast cancer. Overall for the top 50 countries in the world, Britain is 33rd for male cancers and 12th for female.

For both sexes, 266.9 people out of every 10,000 will be diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Denmark recorded the highest amount of people, with 326.1.

The tables were compiled by the World Cancer Research Fund and showed that higher income countries generally have higher rates of cancer than lower income ones.

While it can be said that better levels of medical care are responsible for more diagnosis, it was found that Danish women have high levels of smoking and drinking.

Medical and scientific adviser for the WCRF, Professor Martin Wiseman said: “We know that people in high-income countries are more likely to be overweight, to drink a lot of alcohol and to be inactive.”

“When you look at the list, it is clear that the countries that do worse for these factors tend to be nearer the top.”

Professor Wiseman said that about a third of the most common cancers in the UK could be prevented by cutting down on smoking and drinking, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“The high incidence rates in the UK, Denmark and other high-income countries are not inevitable and lifestyle changes can make a real difference to people’s risk.”

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