Cancer cases caused by obesity will double over the next two decades, revealing shocking new figures.
The spiral obesity crisis in Britain – driven by poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles – means that in 2035 someone will be diagnosed every 13 minutes with cancer caused by their weight.
NHS England predicts that by that time there will be 40,800 obesity-related cancer cases every year – up from 22,800 in 2015.
Britain's spiral-shaped obesity crisis – driven by poor diets and sedentary lifestyles – means that in 2035 every 13 minutes someone will be diagnosed with cancer that has developed because of their weight (stock photo)
NHS boss Simon Stevens said last night that obesity is the & # 39; new smoking & # 39; was warning and warning that the problem would be much worse.
The surprising projection is meeting today as leading cancer experts in Chicago to discuss how the global obesity crisis can be tackled, amid the fear that it is likely to undermine decades of medical progress.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology Congress – the world's largest cancer meeting – has obesity as a & # 39; critical research priority & # 39; called.
Harvard expert Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, who will address the conference today, said last night: & Obesity is now one of the greatest challenges facing the world.
The surprising projection is meeting today as leading cancer experts in Chicago to discuss how the global obesity crisis can be tackled, amid fears that it threatens to undermine decades of medical progress (stock photo)
& # 39; The US has higher levels of obesity, but the UK is catching up. It is very disturbing. We are making great progress in cancer therapies and treatment, but the risk is that obesity can undermine all of this. "The NHS figures suggest that 360,000 people will get cancer because they are too heavy or too heavy between 2020 and 2030.
By 2030, 36,800 cases of cancer per year will be linked to obesity – around 100 cases per day, or one per 15 minutes. In 2035 the number increased to 112 per day, or one per 13 minutes.
Mr. Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “Although cancer survival is at a record high level, many people do not yet realize that obesity causes cancer. According to current trends, we could see 100 new patients diagnosed with obesity-related cancer every day in 2030.
& # 39; So obesity is new smoking, and if we continue to accumulate the pounds, we face thousands of preventable cancer deaths every year.
One third of children and two thirds of adults in Britain are overweight, the third largest obesity problem in Europe. Hospital admissions for obesity increased by nearly 100,000 last year – an increase of 15 percent – and experts say that fat patients exert unbearable pressure on the NHS (stock photo)
& # 39; But the NHS can do the & # 39; battle of the bulge & not only win – families, food companies and the government must all do their bit to prevent the US harmful and costly obesity epidemic from being copied. & # 39;
Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, suggested yesterday to tax all unhealthy food products to prevent parents from buying them.
One third of children and two thirds of adults in Britain are overweight, the third largest obesity problem in Europe. Hospital admissions for obesity increased by nearly 100,000 last year – an increase of 15 percent – and experts say that fat patients put unbearable pressure on the NHS.
Dr. Ligibel will present a collection of evidence today about the impact of weight on breast cancer, including studies suggesting that every 11 pound weight gain increases the risk of the disease by up to 8 percent.
In her lecture, studies will emerge that show that those who have followed at least five healthy lifestyle tips, prepared by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), had a 60 percent lower risk of breast cancer. The advice includes: staying healthy, being physically active and limiting alcohol, salt and meat.
Dr. Ligibel said that there is & # 39; a very clear relationship & # 39; was between weight and cancer. There are indications that obesity increases the risk of 13 types of cancer, including that of the gut, uterus and breast.
In the past, doctors thought that cancer was related to genetics, and a diagnosis was simply due to & # 39; bad luck & # 39 ;. That story has changed in recent years, with experts saying the risk can be reduced with a healthy lifestyle.
Smoking is still the largest preventable cause, linked to 15 percent of the 362,000 cancer cases that were diagnosed in Great Britain in 2015. Being overweight comes in second place, coupled with 6.3 percent of the cases. But experts believe that with sharply falling smoking percentages and rising obesity, the percentage of weight-related cases will increase and soon exceed those of tobacco.
Professor Linda Bauld, of Cancer Research UK, said: & # 39; These are extremely worrying figures that should paint a gloomy picture and should be a wake-up call for the government.
& # 39; The government simply cannot continue to tackle childhood obesity. & # 39;
Dr. Kate Allen, of the World Cancer Research Fund, added: "Serious action is needed to prevent an increase in obesity-related cancers, as this increase is not inevitable."
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