Cancer Rate Rise Linked to Lifestyle Choices

“There has been a rise in rates of lifestyle-linked cancers in England.”Liver cancer rose substantially over the past decade – by 70 per cent among men and 60 per cent among women between 2003 and 2012. It now stands as the 18th most common form of cancer in the country, according to new figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

“Rates of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, have risen by 78 per cent among men and 48 per cent among women over the same period. Now around 11,300 people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma each year in England, making it the fifth most common cancer.

“The main causes of liver cancer are tobacco, infections with hepatitis B and C ,and excess alcohol consumption.

“Overexposure to the sun has for some time been known to be a major factor in skin cancer cases. Experts have attributed the rise in skin cancer to the popularity of package holidays over the last 50 years.”