Latest research from Cancer Research UK shows that being overweight or obese is a growing cause of cancer in the UK.
Cancer Research UK found more than a third of all cases of cancer were now avoidable - some 135,000. The charity also found that excess weight now caused 6.3% of all cancer cases - up from 5.5% in 2011.
The findings, which have been published in the British Journal of Cancer, show that more than 135,000 cases of cancer could be prevented through lifestyle changes.
The aim of this study is to provide people with information and to educate them in the hope it will encourage people to make positive changes to their lifestyle.
The study found that of the 135,000 cases of cancer they could have been prevented through changes such as:
Keeping a healthy weight
Eating a healthy diet
Protecting yourself from the sun
Avoiding certain substances
Protecting against certain infections
Reducing the intake of alcohol
It’s believed that obesity causes more than 60 cases of cancer each day in the UK and being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of developing 13 different types of cancer.
Prevention is not a guarantee. But enjoying a healthy lifestyle which involves regular exercise and physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet and avoiding alcohol could help stack the odds in your favour.
Click here for Cancer Research UK’s blog about healthy hacks to help cut cancer risk.