Cancer Research UK updates the top ten causes of cancer

In April 2014, Professor Max Parkin, backed by a vast scientific community of cancer experts, updated and published the landmark 91-page Cancer Research UK Report, outlining the latest evidence behind the preventable causes of cancers.

These latest calculations show that smoking, diet, alcohol and obesity are behind more than 100,000 cancers, which is equivalent to one third of all cancers diagnosed in the UK each year.  Meat is the overriding cause of bowel cancer (the third most deadly cancer), being listed or implicated at #1, #2 and #3 causes of bowel cancer. 

Here are the top ten and most important causes of cancer:

  1. Cigarettes (first, second and third-hand smoking)
  2. Being obese or overweight
  3. Low fruit and vegetable diets
  4. Alcohol
  5. Job stress/risk
  6. Sunlight/sunbeds
  7. Infections
  8. Meat
  9. Radiation
  10. Low fibre diet

Notice a few interesting things here?

  1. Genetics is not listed
  1. Being overweight is the #2 cause of cancer
  1. Meat is listed or implicated as the #3, #8 and #10 biggest causes of cancer 
    1. At #3, as a ‘low fruit and vegetable intake’ (including the currently popular ‘high meat and animal fat’ type diets). 
    2. At #8, solely as ‘meat’.  
    3. At #10, as a ‘low fibre’ diet is rich in processed foods/takeaway meals, which are predominantly meat and animal fat-rich (and are the only food groups that do not contain fibre).
  1. Alcohol is the #4 cause of cancer
  1. These are all diet and lifestyle choices

Here are the top five causes of bowel cancer:

  1. Meat
  2. Being obese or overweight
  3. Low fibre diet
  4. Alcohol
  5. Cigarettes – first, second and third hand smoking
  6. Lack of exercise

Posted: Wednesday 7 May 2014