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British Women in Trouble


According to the World Cancer Research Fund, British women are a fifth more likely to develop some sort of cancer during their lifetimes than women in other European countries, reports the Guardian's Peter Walker. The cancer charity says lifestyle factors like obesity and alcohol consumption are partly to blame for the British woman's 25.1 percent chance for developing cancer before the age of 75, whereas lower rates of obesity and alcohol consumption leave other European women with a 21.4 percent chance of developing cancer. The WCRF has warned that an estimated 80,000 cancer cases could be prevented in the UK each year through better diet, physical activity, and lower alcohol consumption, Walker says. A study earlier this year showed that British women had the highest average body mass index among 19 Western European nations, and various studies have shown that British women drink more than their European counterparts, he adds.

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