Brits have highest cancer risk in Europe

A charity claims that, on the average, more Britons develop cancer than is the average across Europe. Figures indicate that close to a fifth more British women develop cancer before they reach 75 than the rest of the continent. The data was unearthed by the World Cancer Research Fund, and they fear the difference is that women in Britain eat and drink much more than is necessary. At the same time, the World Health Organisation says that over 25% of British women will develop Cancer before the age of 75.

Dr. Rachel Thompson, the Deputy Head of Science for the WCRF, says that an average UK woman is more likely to be overweight, and to consume more alcohol than the average European woman, and the concern is that these two factors are increasing the risks of developing cancer.

There are also many other reasons that could cause the cancer rates to differ so greatly, and there is also new evidence that suggests the risk of developing cancer is increased by consuming large quantities of alcohol, as well as by having excess fat on your body.

For these reasons, one of the public health service’s biggest challenges is to reduce the alcohol consumption across the nation, as well as getting to grips with the obesity problem that is careering out of control. To lower their chances of developing Cancer before 75, women should consider a healthier lifestyle including taking more exercise, cutting down on alcohol and lowering their intake of red and processed meats.

In general, it is estimated that 33% of the cancers that are the most common in women could be avoided by eating a more healthy diet, remaining physically fit and keeping your body weight at a healthy level. For breast cancer, close to 40% could be prevented with lifestyle changes, and recent data suggests that 40% of Britons at some point will develop cancer.

The Offices for National Statistics last month reported that over 130,000 women were diagnosed for the first time in England with the disease in 2009, an increase of close to 3% over 2008. The most common by far among females is breast cancer, with over 40,000 new cases in 2009. Close to 25% of those developing breast tumours will eventually die from the disease, despite there being increased screening and better drugs having been developed in the past couple of decades.