Upto 80,000 people get cancer each year because they eat too much, drink too much, and don’t exercise adequately.
The record levels of obesity means that the UK has one of the highest levels of preventable cancers and that 39% of the 80,000 patients diagnosed with cancers could avoid the disease through changes in their diet, drinking and exercise habits.
Due to levels of drinking being higher in the UK than in any other developed country obesity has increased, which means that the UK has one of the highest levels of preventable cancers.
However, less than 50 per cent of people realise that a lack of exercise can cause the disease, with a third of people unaware of the dangers of a poor diet and body fat.
World Cancer Research Fund figures highlight that 78,748 of the 207,000 cancer cases diagnosed every year can be prevented.
These figures include 19,000 cases of breast cancer and 16,100 of bowel cancer .
In addition, tobacco is the cause of a third of cases.
Bowel cancer can be reduced by lowering your consumption of red and processed meat.
Furthermore, drinking less alcohol can reduce the likelihood of breast cancer.
Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables and maintaining a healthy weight reduces cancers of the stomach and pancreas.