Obe­sity to over­take smok­ing as can­cer cause

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NEW ev­i­dence sug­gests obe­sity will over­take smok­ing as the big­gest pre­ventable cause of can­cer among UK women in the next 25 years.

The fig­ures are re­vealed as a lead­ing can­cer char­ity calls for fast food to be made less ap­peal­ing in su­per­mar­kets by cut­ting deals that tempt cus­tomers.

Can­cer Re­search UK is urg­ing the Welsh Govern­ment to take bold ac­tion and re­strict su­per­mar­ket spe­cial of­fers on junk food to curb the tick­ing time bomb that thou­sands of women are po­ten­tially fac­ing.

Re­search pub­lished by Can­cer Re­search UK cal­cu­lates that in just 17 years, 10% of can­cers in women, about 25,000 cases, could be caused by smok­ing and 9%, about 23,000, by ex­cess weight.

Can­cer Re­search UK pub­lic af­fairs man­ager in Wales, Andy Glyde, said: “While the re­sults of this study fo­cus on the UK pic­ture, un­for­tu­nately the fore­cast is ex­pected to be sim­i­lar for women in Wales.

“It’s pos­i­tive the Welsh Assem­bly has al­ready passed a law to de­velop an obe­sity strat­egy.

“Now it’s vi­tal for the health of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions that the Welsh Govern­ment does not de­lay and takes bold ac­tion.”

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