British women more prone to cancer across EuropeAugust 2nd, 2011 - 11:01 am ICT by IANS
London, Aug 2 (IANS) British women are more likely to develop cancer by the age of 75 than the average European woman, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said in a latest research.
On an average, one-fifth of women across Europe will develop cancer by the age of 75. But in Britain, around a quarter of women will suffer from a form of cancer. This is because of growing rates of obesity and alcohol consumption in the country, Sky News reported.
Though experts say genetics play a large role in people getting cancer, they also believe a third of the most common forms could be avoided if people eat healthy food and do exercises.
Being physically active and eating a healthy “plant-based diet”, without too much salt or red and processed meat, can make a difference.
For breast cancer - the most common in women - experts say around four in 10 cases could be prevented purely through lifestyle changes.
“As a country, we tend to be more overweight than the European average and we tend to drink more alcohol; so it is not entirely surprising that the results are what they are,” Richard Evans from the World Cancer Research Fund was quoted as saying.
Paul Moss, head of the Cancer Research UK Centre, said: “We think a lot about heart disease but we tend not to think too much about the cancer risk when it comes to diet.”
- Watch your diet, you multi-tasking women! (March 8 is International Women's Day) - Mar 06, 2012
- 1 in 3 Brits believes cancer is down to fate - Dec 08, 2010
- Older obese kids eat less than healthy peers - Sep 10, 2012
- Diet and exercise 'more effective for weight loss when combined' - Apr 15, 2011
- Canada's cancer death rate declines - May 10, 2012
- Red meat combats depression among women - Mar 21, 2012
- Men 'more vulnerable to cancer than women due to poor lifestyles' - Nov 16, 2010
- Snacking on sugary stuff raises risk of womb cancer - Aug 23, 2011
- Strict diet 2 days a week 'cuts breast cancer risk by 40pc' - Oct 06, 2010
- Strict diet cuts risk of breast cancer - Oct 06, 2010
- Alcohol, poor diet linked to UK breast cancer rates - Jan 24, 2011
- Diet, exercise combination best way to lose weight - Apr 15, 2011
- One-fifth of Shanghai youth are overweight - May 21, 2012
- Don't skip meals to shed weight - Jul 15, 2012
- Eating fruits and vegetables will not protect you from cancer: Study - Dec 01, 2010
Tags: alcohol consumption, aug 2, breast cancer, british women, cancer research fund, cancer research uk, cancer risk, european woman, exercises, genetics, healthy food, heart disease, lifestyle changes, obesity, paul moss, processed meat, richard evans, sky news, world cancer research fund, world health organisation