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Highest cancer rate found in Denmark

Research has found that Denmark comes out top in a league table of cancer incidence.

Compiled by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), part of the World Health Organization, the study found that around 326 people in every 100,000 in Denmark develop cancer each year.

According to the report, Denmark comes out top partly due to the fact that it is a high-income country and therefore more likely to diagnose and record new cases of cancer.

However, high-income countries also tend towards higher levels of obesity and alcohol consumption along with lower levels of physical activity; all of which are known risk factors in the development of cancer.

Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser to the WCRF, commented: "The high incidence rates in the UK, Denmark and other high-income countries are not inevitable and lifestyle changes can make a real difference to people's risk.

"In fact, scientists estimate that about a third of the most common cancers in the UK and other high-income countries could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, being more physically active and eating more healthily."

The UK was placed at 33rd in the world for cancers in men and 12th for cancers in women.

 

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