4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes including diet
Many people believe that getting cancer is purely down to genes, fate or bad luck. But through scientific research, we know that our risk actually depends on a combination of our genes, our environment and things to do with our lifestyle.
Cancer is caused by damage to our DNA, the chemical instructions that tell our cells what to do. This damage can build up over time. If a cell develops too much damage to its DNA it can start to grow and multiply out of control and that’s when cancer starts.
According to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Every year, around 360,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. However experts estimate that around 4 in 10 cancer cases could be prevented, largely through lifestyle changes. Find out how to lower your risks of cancer through diet.