Details from the World Cancer Research Fund's (WCRF) Continuous Update Project (CUP) - which looks at the most recent cancer prevention studies - shows 18 per cent of the 123,000 weight-related cancer cases in the UK could be prevented annually.
Currently, 63 per cent of the UK population is either overweight (Body Mass Index over 25) or obese (BMI over 30) - one of the highest levels in Europe.
The CUP report published today, looks specifically at pancreatic cancer and calculates that, from 8,383 annual cases in the UK, 1,257 could be prevented through being a healthy weight (roughly equal to a BMI of between 18.5 and 25).
Comment from Pancreatic Cancer UK:
"It is incredibly helpful to have more information about those factors that may increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer because this is a lethal disease that is difficult to diagnose and treat. This report adds to existing evidence of the impact of being overweight on the risk of pancreatic cancer. This will aid us in providing clear messages to people about ways to reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer. We wholeheartedly support any initiatives in the UK that are trying to tackle the issue of obesity and being overweight."
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