Around 4 in 10 UK cancer cases could be prevented

23 March 2018

Today, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) published a landmark study that shows around 13,000 cases of cancer a year in Scotland could be prevented through lifestyle changes. This equates to around 250 cancer cases a week in Scotland, as well as 41% of all cancers diagnosed each year in Scotland. This is the highest proportion of preventable cancer cases compared to the other UK nations.

Obesity causes 13 types of cancer, including bowel, breast, womb and kidney. And the results suggest that more than 1 in 20 cancer cases could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight.

Read the full report here.

Our Response

“This report highlights how important it is to stay a healthy weight.  Unfortunately, that is something that many of us in Scotland are struggling to do.  2 out of every 3 adults in Scotland are now overweight or obese.  Adverts, price promotions and ever growing portion sizes of unhealthy foods have a significant role in influencing our diet .  The recent Scottish Government consultation on healthy weight promised some bold action to tackle these issues and we must see this taken forward urgently.” Lorraine Tulloch, Programme Lead, Obesity Action Scotland.