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Cancer rate rise - modern living

9th August 2007

New statistics show an over consumption of food, alcoholic drinks and sunbathing has contributed to a huge rise in some types of cancer.


Cases of malignant melanoma, a skin cancer, rose from 5,783 to 8,939 between 1995 and 2004 - an increase of 43%. The rise has been attributed to people spending too long in the sun.

Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK's director of health information, said they were concerned by the increase in the number of melanoma cases.

"Most cases of this disease could be prevented if people protected themselves in the sun and took care not to burn."

Cases of mouth and womb cancer rose by over 20% in the same period.

Mouth cancer has been associated with smoking and drinking, while womb cancer and kidney cancer have been linked to obesity. Women with a high bodyweight have double the risk of developing womb cancer.

Dr Colin Waine, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said if an overweight person lost 10kg, they would reduce their danger of death from cancer by 40%.

The statistics, from the UK Association of Cancer Registries, reveal the number of cervical cancer cases are decreasing, due to the government's screening programme. Lung cancer rates are also diminishing as people give up smoking.

"Everyone can help reduce their risk of cancer by avoiding smoking, keeping a healthy body weight, eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruit, vegetables and fibre and taking regular exercise," Ms Hiom stated.


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