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Rise in obesity link to cancer

23rd May 2007

A prominent scientist has advised that an increasing level of obesity and a maturing population are factors which could cause a "cancer time bomb" in the UK.

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Dr Greg Martin, science and research manager for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), stated that the public should act now in order to stop cases of cancer increasing. His comments come at the start of Cancer Prevention Week.

Dr Martin warned: "a lot of people still do not realise how closely obesity is linked to cancer". In 2006, government information said 12 million adults and one million children could be obese by 2020 unless the public made changes to their routines.

"People getting fatter will lead to an increase in the number of cancer cases as surely as night follows day. You also have to add into the mix the fact that cancer is largely an older person's disease, and the UK has an ageing population," he said.

Cancer cases in the UK could drop if the population made lifestyle changes, including eating smaller portion sizes and keeping fit.


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