Cancer rates predicted to rise six times faster in women than in men

Experts have forecast that over the next 20 years cancer rates will increase nearly six times faster in women than in men.  The cause is partly linked to the impact of obesity-related cancers, of which a number only affect women.

The research, published by Cancer Research UK, indicates that ovarian, cervical and oral cancers will rise the most.  Rates of cancer for men are predicted to increase at 0.5 per cent while for women they will rise at three per cent.

This rising trend in cancer rates is linked to increasing rates of obesity with two thirds of adults now overweight or obese.

Sarah Toule, head of health information at the World Cancer Research Fund, said "“It is concerning that rates are predicted to rise so sharply in women, especially as so many cancer cases could be prevented,”

“For example, about two in five breast cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if women maintained a healthy weight, were more physically active and didn’t drink alcohol – that’s around 20,000 fewer cases a year.  Other cancers that could be reduced by women having a healthier lifestyle include womb and ovary.”

The story has been covered by The Guardian here and The Telegraph here.

Page published: Fri 3 February 2017

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