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Lifestyle statistics

These statistics relate to key lifestyle factors affecting cancer risk in the UK today.

Remember that not smoking is the most important thing you can do to lower your cancer risk.

Mid-section of an overweight man sitting on a park bench with take-away food

Body fatness

The biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking. How many people in the UK are overweight?

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Physical activity

Protects against a range of cancers. How many people in the UK are regularly physically active?

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High calorie foods and sugary drinks

Both contributors to weight gain. How many high calorie foods and sugary drinks do we have?

Portrait of a woman eating a bowl of salad

5 A DAY and other plant foods

Plant foods protect. How many portions of vegetables and fruits do we eat, and how much fibre?

Italian salami slices on cutting board with kitchen knife

Red and processed meat

Increases the risk of cancer. How much red and processed meat do we eat?

Mature couple holding wine glasses, mid section


Increases the risk of six common cancers. How much alcohol do we drink?

Salt shaker with salt


How much salt do we eat in the UK?

Colourful pills

Dietary supplements

How many people in the UK take dietary supplements?

Mother breastfeeding newborn baby


Protects mother and child. How many women in the UK breastfeed?

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Cancer survivors

How many people in the UK have survived cancer?