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Obesity to become leading cause of cancer in women

Obesity is set to overtake smoking as the leading preventable cause of cancer in women in the UK, a new report warns.

Obesity is set to overtake smoking as the leading preventable cause of cancer in women in the UK, a new report warns.

Cancer Research UK estimated that 23,000 British women will suffer from obesity-related cancers by 2035 — just 2,000 fewer than the number of cases caused by smoking.
By 2043 obesity will become the most common cause of cancer in women if current trends continue, the charity found.
Smoking is currently linked to 12.4% of cancers in UK women, compared to 7.5% that are caused by obesity, according to the British Journal of Cancer.
The gap between the two causes in men is wider because more British men smoke, with 17.7% of cancers among men caused by smoking compared to 5.2% by obesity. A similar change in the leading cause of cancer in males is therefore likely to happen much later, the report says.
The charity analyzed cancer incidence data between 1979 and 2014 to make the projections and used the results as a further call for national campaigns and legislation to reduce the prevalence of obesity by following the blueprint used for smoking campaigns.
“Obesity is a huge public health threat right now, and it will only get worse if nothing is done,” said Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert.
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