Statement: World Cancer Research Fund welcomes NHS England’s renewed focus on prevention and obesity

23 October 2014

Cancer prevention charity World Cancer Research Fund UK has welcomed the renewed focus on prevention and obesity in NHS England’s five-year strategy.

Responding to NHS England’s Five Year Forward View setting out the health service’s strategic objectives for the coming years World Cancer Research Fund UK General Manager, Amanda McLean, said:

"It’s good to see a renewed focus on prevention, body fatness and obesity at the heart of NHS England’s forward view strategy.

"We know from our own research that body fatness and obesity are strongly associated with eight different cancers including breast, bowel and womb. We also know that about a third of the most common cancers are preventable through a healthy diet, weight management and physical activity.

"We look forward to working with NHS England on informing an evidence-based approach to cancer prevention and lifestyle."

Our analysis of global research shows that about a third of common cancers – approximately 89,850 cases - could be prevented if everyone in the UK were a healthy weight, ate a healthy diet and was regularly physically active.

For more information on the cancers associated with overweight and obesity and the role played by lifestyle factors visit http://www.wcrf-uk.org/uk/preventing-cancer/lifestyle-statistics