Obesity overtaking smoking as biggest female cancer risk

Women are more prone to cancer caused by obesity including breast and womb cancer

Women are more prone to cancer caused by obesity including breast and womb cancer

A campaign is being launched in Cumbria today to highlight the link between the two.

In the United Kingdom, for men, obesity is not predicted to surpass smoking in terms of being a preventable cause of cancer at such a fast rate as it is for women; this is because more men smoke than women. This is because some of the most common obesity-related cancers - such as breast and womb cancers - predominantly affect women.

In the South East, 56 per cent of women are obese whilst 12 per cent smoke.

Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said: "Cancer Research UK's support for our plans is very welcome as we know that as a nation, we consume too much food and drink with little to no beneficial nutritional value to our diet and contain considerate calories or salt".

It coincides with the publication of Cancer Research UK report, showing the true scale of the problem.

Smoking is now linked to 12.4% of cancers in United Kingdom women, compared to 7.5% that are caused by obesity, according to the British Journal of Cancer.

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While the results of this study focus on the United Kingdom picture, unfortunately the forecast is expected to be similar for women in Wales.

Prof Bauld said: "It's positive the Scottish Government has signalled its intention to take action on obesity and will consult on plans to restrict an array of supermarket price promotions".

These measures include helping to protect children by introducing a 9pm watershed on junk food advertising, because being overweight as a child means an individual is five times more likely to be overweight as an adult.

It reflects a long-standing decline in smoking rates, while the percentage of adults who are overweight or obese has been climbing.

Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK's prevention expert, said the government must build on the lessons of smoking prevention to reduce the number of weight-related cancers. "It shows how decades of effort to raise awareness about the health risks plus strong political action - including taxation, removing tobacco marketing and a ban on smoking in indoor public places - have paid off", she added.

"Obesity is the new smoking, one of the greatest public health challenges of our generation", a spokesperson for NHS England said. Around 35,000 cases of cancer will be due to smoking in 2026 compared to 15,000 linked to overweight and obesity. So for 25 years will change the distribution of the reasons for the development of cancer.

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