Obese Britain is a 'cancer time-bomb'

The rapid rise in obesity rates in Britain has resulted in a ‘cancer time-bomb’ according to an expert from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

Obesity cancer time-bomb
Obesity cancer time-bomb

Dr Greg Martin, science and research manager at the WCRF, has warned that obesity, combined with an ageing population, will result in a massive increase in the number of cancer cases unless simple changes are put in place to avoid this inevitable crisis.

Excess fat around the stomach is associated with increased levels of oestrogen, a known cause of breast cancer. Obesity may also increase acid reflux which is a risk factor for oesophageal cancer.

Dr Martin said: 'There has been plenty of attention recently on the problems of obesity, but a lot of people still do not realise how closely obesity is related to cancer.'

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