BBC NEWS 9.8.2007
Modern life pushes up cancer rate
Too much food, alcohol and sun has fuelled a massive rise in some forms of
cancer, warn UK experts.
Cases of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, have risen by 40%
in the past decade, figures from Cancer Research UK show.
And mouth cancer, which is associated with smoking and drinking, has risen
by almost a quarter.
Research has suggested that around half of all cancers could be prevented by
changes to lifestyle.
Rates of kidney cancer and womb cancer - both linked to obesity - have also
shown rapid increases over the past 10 years.
Overweight and obese women are twice as likely to develop womb cancer as
women of a healthy weight due to higher than normal exposure to the hormone
The charity is particularly concerned about rates of malignant melanoma
which have doubled in women and tripled in men since the mid-80s.
Everyone can help reduce their risk of cancer by
keeping a healthy body weight, eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruit,
vegetables and fibre and taking regular exercise
Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK
In 2004 there were 8,939 cases of malignant melanoma compared with 5,783 in
They said heavy sun exposure accounted for the vast majority of cases.
However, the figures from the UK Association of Cancer Registries show rates
of cervical cancers are falling as a result of the national screening
And due to fewer people smoking, lung cancer rates are continuing to
decrease, especially in men.
Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK's director of health information, said:
very concerned that cases of malignant melanoma are spiralling.
"Most cases of this disease could be prevented if people protected
themselves in the sun and took care not to burn."
CHANGE IN CANCER RATES BETWEEN 1995 AND 2004
Cases of malignant melanoma rose from 5,783 to
8,939 - a 43% increase
Cases of mouth cancer rose from 3,696 to 4,769 -
a 23% increase
Cases of womb cancer rose from 5,018 to 6,438 -
a 21% increase
Cases of kidney cancer rose from 5,636 to 7,044
- a 14% increase
She also advised people to be on the look out for signs of mouth cancer,
which include an ulcer or sore in the mouth or on the tongue, a red or white
patch in the mouth or an unexplained pain in the mouth or ear, as there is a
good chance of cure if caught early.
"Everyone can help reduce their risk of cancer by avoiding smoking,
a healthy body weight, eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruit,
vegetables and fibre and taking regular exercise," she added.
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