Obesity now linked to 12 different cancers

Scientists called for early intervention

Scientists called for early intervention

They advise to eat smaller portions of red and processed meat such as bacon and to eat no more than three portions of it a week. For cancer prevention, it's best not to drink alcohol.

While fast foods and processed snacks high in fat, starches and sugar should be limited, people are encouraged to eat more wholegrains, fruits, vegetables and beans as part of a regular cancer-preventing diet.

Their analysis linked obesity or being overweight to 12 cancers, including those affecting the liver, ovary, prostate, stomach, mouth and throat, join bowel, breast, gallbladder, kidney, oesophagus, pancreas and womb. Preventing obesity makes up quite a bit of the advice, as obesity remains one the top risk factors for cancer - WCRF reckons it'll overtake smoking within decades. Numerous remaining points in the plan highlight the need to ensure you are not obese, thus preventing some cancers.

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WRCF recommends that people should reduce food and beverage consumption to cut their cancer risks.

This time around, there are separate recommendations that urge people to limit their consumption of processed foods - to help control calorie intake - and soft drinks, urging people to instead "drink mostly water and unsweetened drinks".

"However, it appears increasingly unlikely that specific foods, nutrients or other components of foods are themselves important singular factors in causing or protecting against cancer".

The authors of the report said that approximately 40 percent of cancers are actually preventable, but despite that the number of new cases is expected to rise by 58 percent to 24 million globally by 2035.

"Rather, different patterns of diet and physical activity combine to create a metabolic state that is more, or less, conducive to cancer".

"If current trends continue, overweight and obesity are likely to overtake smoking as the number one risk factor for cancer".

"Our cancer prevention recommendations work together as a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades", said Dr. Fiota Mitou, WRCF director of research funding, to The Telegraph.

Susannah Brown, senior science program manager with WCRF, told Newsweek: "This report contains significant findings on how diet, weight and physical activity affect cancer risk and show how important adopting a healthy lifestyle is to reducing cancer risk". Not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, eating and drinking healthily and getting more active all helps.

"The Government now has an opportunity to step up and publish a truly world leading obesity plan with strong measures to curb the influence of junk food marketing".

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