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Action is needed to prevent further increase in cancer cases

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 09 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5745
  1. Paul Dinsdale
  1. 1London

A leading cancer research charity says that the forthcoming UN summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a once in a generation opportunity to avoid a public health disaster, warning that a failure to develop robust global and national policies to reduce NCDs will lead to millions of preventable deaths.

New estimates from the World Cancer Research Fund show that around 2.8 million cancer cases a year are linked to diet, physical activity, and weight. The fund predicts that this figure will rise dramatically in the next 10 years. While recognising the importance of smoking in causing cancer, the charity concentrates its efforts on publicising those causes that are less …

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