The World Cancer Research Fund has released worrying statistics which show that there has been an increase of 20% in the number of people who have developed cancer in under 10 years. The overall figure now stands at 12 million per year. It also found that around one quarter of these are preventable, as they are caused by unhealthy lifestyles.
Incredibly, around 2.8 million of those with cancer have developed the illness due to bad diets, lack of exercise and obesity. If the trend continues, this figure will be likely to rise dramatically in the next 10 years. An ageing population has also been identified as a factor in this increase.
An adviser from the World Cancer Research Fund spoke of a lack of education and awareness on the effects of obesity and alcohol on health, with many people completely unaware that these can lead to cancer. Not only do these bad lifestyle choices increase the possibilities of getting cancer, they can also lead to other illnesses, such as diabetes, lung disease and heart disease.
The United Nations are due to hold a meeting in the near future to discuss these diseases, and make decisions on ways to tackle them, before they become even more problematic in the future.
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