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40% of Britons will develop cancer at some point

15th November 2011

The charity Macmillan Cancer Support has said diagnoses of cancer are on the increase and four in 10 Britons will develop the disease in their lifetime.

A decade ago the number of people getting cancer was one in three. Researchers have said the rise is due to an older population, lack of exercise, smoking and a bad diet. Drinking is another factor, and the results of a study published in early November showed women who drank a glass of wine a day increased their breast cancer risk by 15%. 

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