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Public knowledge on the link between obesity and cancer

Authors/ source/ publisher
Cancer Research UK
Date added to library 13 September 2016
Year published
Being overweight and obese is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking and is estimated to cause 18,100 cancer cases each year in the UK.  If current trends of overweight and obesity continued, it will lead to a further 670,000 cancer cases over the next 20 years. There is considerable evidence to show that being overweight or obese is linked to 10 types of cancers. This includes two of the most common, breast and bowel, and two of the hardest to treat, pancreatic and oesophageal. However little is known about public awareness of this association.