British obesity epidemic causes 22,000 cases of cancer each year

British obesity epidemic causes 22,000 cases of cancer each year

Being overweight or obese is directly responsible for 22,138 cancer cases every year – and growing.

We hope this helps to raise awareness that cancer is not simply a question of fate and that people can make changes today that can reduce their risk.  Thousands of cases of cancer in the UK could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, being regularly physically active and eating a plant-based diet without too much salt, alcohol or red and processed meat”
Dr Rachel Thompson, World Cancer Research Fund.

The 2012 World Cancer Research Fund Results:

  • In 2011, 320,400 Britons were diagnosed with cancer
  • Excess fat is the #2 cause of cancer after smoking
  • Being obese or overweight heightens the risk of breast, bowel, pancreatic, womb, kidney, oesophagus and gall bladder
  • 1,257 cases of pancreatic cancer a year are caused by being overweight and are therefore preventable
  • 7,752 cases of breast cancer
  • 5,753 cases of bowel cancer
  • 2,978 cases of womb cancer
  • At current rates, 50% of men in England will be obese by 2040
  • A 2011 Oxford University study found that 134,000 cases of cancer could be prevented every year through simple lifestyle changes

“A significant number of cancer cases could be prevented by people maintaining a healthy body weight.  Through keeping levels of body fat low, a lot of people will avoid getting cancer in the first place – forestalling the pain and anguish associated with the disease”
Professor Alan Jackson, World Cancer Research Fund Chairman.

Figures from Cancer Research UK and World Cancer Research Fund 2012.  As reported by The Daily Mail on 3 October 2012.


Posted: Wednesday 8 May 2013