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“Cancer Is On The Rise”

In 2011, British experts reported, “Nearly half of cancers diagnosed in the UK each year  are caused by avoidable life choices including smoking, drinking and eating the wrong things.  Tobacco is the biggest culprit, causing 23% of cases in men and 15.6% in women.”  Next on the list is a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in men’s diets, while for women it is being overweight.  Now, they report, “Men look set to have a one in two chance of developing cancer in their lifetime.  The increase to 50 out of 100, up from the current 44 in 100 chance, is largely due to people living longer – age is the biggest cancer risk factor.”  The cancers set to increase the most in men within the next 15 years are bowel, prostate and skin (melanoma).  Fortunately, due to medical advances, cancer survival has already doubled in the past 40 years.  Still, a woman’s lifetime odds of developing cancer would be 44 in 100, up from 40 in 100.

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