Obesity to overtake smoking as cancer cause
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.”