Public unaware of link between diet and cancer

Public unaware of link between diet and cancer, survey reveals...

Four in 10 people are unaware that eating a poor diet increases the risk of cancer, a new study suggests.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), which commissioned the survey, said further cancer education was needed.

Out of 2000 people questioned, only one in three knew that eating processed meat increased their cancer risk. Nearly a quarter did not realise that being overweight was another risk factor.

Being overweight is linked to six types of cancer and only 42% of people knew that not taking enough exercise increased their risk of developing one of them. After giving up smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the most important thing a person can do to hold off cancer, according to experts.

Lisa Cooney, Head of Education for the WCRF said: ‘These results show that there are still millions of people in Britain who are unaware of how they can take simple steps to reduce their cancer risk.’

‘This means that they are not in a position to make informed lifestyle choices.’

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