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Public ‘unaware of link between weight and cancer’

4th August 2009

The majority of people do not recognise the link between being overweight and the risk of contracting cancer, a new survey shows.

After smoking, being overweight or obese is one of the biggest cancer risks.

However, in a survey by Cancer Research UK of almost 4,000 people, only three per cent mentioned keeping a healthy bodyweight as something people could do to reduce their risk of cancer.

Also, seven per cent of those surveyed failed to name a single positive change people could make to prevent being diagnosed with the disease.

Commenting on the results, Sara Hiom, director of health information at Cancer Research UK, said: “Most people don’t link it directly with their risk of cancer, or don’t know how much it can reduce their risk.”

Many of those surveyed were able to establish that giving up smoking, developing a good diet, protection from the sun and moderating alcohol intake can have an affect on the risk of contracting cancer.

Concluding, Ms Hiom noted that while leading a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and a balanced diet are no guarantee that a person will not get cancer, such healthy habits can help to reduce the chances.

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