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Many unaware of ways to cut cancer risk?

Published: 07 Feb 2013

Not everyone is aware of some of the ways people can boost their chances of avoiding cancer, new World Cancer Research Fund statistics have suggested.

Some 28 per cent of people taking part in a YouGov poll which WCRF commissioned said that, other than avoiding smoking, there wasn't much someone could do to stop themselves getting cancer.

Indeed, 32 per cent felt whether or not you get cancer can largely be put down to fate.

But in fact, WCRF has estimated that some one third of the commonest sorts of the disease might be prevented through people taking certain actions, according to the fund's executive director of science and public affairs, Dr Kate Allen.

These actions are taking physical exercise, eating a good diet, and staying a weight which is healthy, she said, all things that can be incorporated into working life – for example by choosing a healthy packed lunch every day. 

Dr Allen said of the survey results that they were: "a real concern because they show that a significant proportion of people don’t realise that there’s a lot they can do to reduce their risk of cancer."

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