The sharp rise in cancers is caused by our lifestyle not our genetics, say experts

Eating too much food, poor quality foods and too much alcohol are prime key drivers of the surge in lifestyle cancers around the world.

UK figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 2003-2012 on June 18, 2014, show the legacy of smoking, drinking and eating too much junk food: (same thing is happening right here in NZ and Australia):

  • Liver cancer has grown by 70% (alcohol/obesity)
  • Throat cancer up 50% (smoking/alcohol)
  • Mouth cancer up 48% (smoking/alcohol)
  • Kidney cancer up 46%
  • Womb cancer up 31% (smoking/obesity)
  • Prostate cancer up 28%
  • Overall cancer rates have risen by 27%

“The recent increases in liver and melanoma cancers are of particular concern, as this shows how unhealthy behaviours can lead directly to increased rates of cancer” 
Professor John Newton, Public Health England, June 2014.

“This sharp increase in liver cancer is extremely worrying…but there are clear lifestyle changes people can make to lower their risk.  Cutting down on alcohol and not smoking can lower your risk…”
Nicola Smith, health information officer, Cancer Research UK, June 2014.

“We can reduce our risk significantly for certain cancers by just changing our lifestyle.  This includes keeping to a healthy weight, more exercise, keeping alcohol intake to recommended guidelines and not smoking.  Historically tobacco was one of the biggest causes but as this is now going down it is being replaced by obesity.  Obesity, for certain cancers, is a major risk factor but the good news is by losing weight people can reduce their chances” 
John Newland, senior information nurse, Macmillan Cancer Support, June 2014.

“Since 2003, there have been large increases in the number of registrations of liver, oral, uterine [womb] and kidney cancers, and malignant melanoma of the skin.  These cancers are strongly linked to lifestyle choices, such as smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity”
The ONS National Cancer Report, June 18, 2014.

As reported by The Daily Mail on June 19, 2014.


Posted: Tuesday 24 June 2014