AHA member World Cancer Research Fund has launched Cancer Prevention Awareness Week (20-26 March) to help more people be aware of the steps they can take to reduce their risk of developing cancer, through making healthy lifestyle changes.
WCRF’s new survey found that since the first lockdown in March 2020, adults have found it hard to stay active and eat a healthy diet, which could be increasing their risk of cancer. The findings show that over a quarter (27%) of adults surveyed reported that they have started drinking more alcohol. In addition, 40% of adults have started eating more unhealthy food and snacks, while only 22% had started exercising.
As the UK lockdown eases WCRF wants to help more people understand the links between lifestyle and cancer and the steps they can take to reduce their cancer risk.
Throughout the week WCRF will be sharing information and advice on their Cancer Prevention Recommendations – so that everyone can make their own, informed lifestyle choices.
Does alcohol increase cancer risk?
WCRF’s Cancer Prevention Recommendations are based on scientific evidence that has been proven consistent for decades. One of their Recommendations is to limit consumption of alcohol which could reduce your risk of certain types of cancers.
Alcohol doesn’t have any benefits in terms of cancer prevention – drinking any amount increases your risk. So, to protect yourself against cancer as much as possible, WCRF suggest not drinking alcohol at all. If you do choose to drink alcohol, follow national guidelines. In the UK, the guideline is to drink no more than 14 units a week, spread over at least three days for both men and women.
If you would like to reduce your risk of cancer and build healthy eating and physical activity habits, join us the other 100s of people taking WCRF’s Cancer Prevention Pledge now.