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Nearly half of all cancer cases 'can be avoided'

Queen Mary

Cancer treatment could be avoided by many people if they made simple preventative changes to their lifestyle.


A new report published by the British Journal of Cancer stated that 134,000 cases of cancer may be prevented if individuals limited their risk by addressing issues such as smoking, obesity, alcohol consumption and exposure to UV light.


Professor Max Parkin, an epidemiologist at Queen Mary, University of London and author of the report, said this proves that cancer is not purely genetic.


He explained that around 40 per cent of all new incidences of the disease are caused by factors people have control over.


"It's very important for people to understand that long-term changes to their lifestyles can really reduce their cancer risk," added Sara Hiom, director of information at Cancer Research UK.

More than one in three people will be affected by the disease during the course of their lives, states the charity. 

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Cancer treatment news : 7 December 2011

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