Healthier living could have prevented four out of 10 cases of cancer in the UK in the last five years, experts claim today.
But the charity added that a further 145,000 cases might have been avoided by diets low in red and processed meat and salt, and high in veg, fruit and fibre.
Maintaining a healthy weight could have prevented around 88,000 cases, while thousands of cancers were linked to alcohol, failing to protect the skin from sun and lack of exercise.
Professor Max Parkin, whose statistical work provided the basis of the charity’s report, said: “There’s little doubt that certain lifestyle choices can have a big impact on cancer risk. We can stack the odds in our favour by taking positive steps now that will help decrease our risk.”
Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s expert on cancer prevention, added: “There are more than 200 types of cancer, each caused by a complex set of factors. But there are proven ways to minimise risk, like stopping smoking, being more active, drinking less alcohol and staying a healthy weight.”
Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “Cutting UK smoking rates just 1% could save 3,000 lives a year. But changing habits isn’t easy.
“That’s why we’ve made it a priority to learn the best ways to help people make healthier
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26 December 2014 Last updated at 09:46 GMT
Nearly 600,000 cancer cases in the UK could have been avoided in the last five years if people chose healthier lifestyles.
Analysis by Cancer Research UK suggests that the single biggest risk factor is smoking, accounting for more than 300,000 cases.
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