British women 'face Europe's highest cancer risk'

New research has indicated that British women are at higher risk of developing cancer than their counterparts elsewhere in Europe, with a number of lifestyle factors singled out as key causes.

A report published by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) this week found one-quarter of women from the UK contract some form of the disease by the age of 75, as opposed to the average of 21 per cent throughout Europe.

"Overall, we estimate about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented by eating healthily, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight," said WCRF deputy head of science Dr Rachel Thompson.

Dr Thompson added that British women are more likely to drink excessive amounts of alcohol than those elsewhere in Europe and also stressed the importance of eating a balanced diet to reduce the risk of cancer.

Last week, health and wellbeing consultant Hermie Hogg claimed there is "no excuse" for eating badly, with a wealth of healthy alternatives and nutrition-related information widely available.

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