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Most cancers in Europe avoidable

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 11 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:62
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Almost 700 000 cases of cancer a year in Europe could be avoidable, new research has shown (International Journal of Cancer 2006 Dec 27, doi: 10.1002/ijc.22459).

    The study, which looked at 11 cancers that can be prevented by changes to lifestyle, estimates that of 1.4 million cases, more than half—363 000 (59%) in men and 326 000 (45%) in women—could be avoidable.

    In men, the proportion was largest in Hungary (77%); in women, the proportion was largest in Belgium (54%).

    “Interventions directed at reducing smoking, obesity and alcohol use, as well as increasing physical activity …

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