Cancer: Almost half of cancer deaths caused by smoking and other known risk factors


In a statement, the academics wrote that reducing exposure to risk factors would be “our best hope of reducing the future burden of cancer”.

They added: “Reducing this burden will improve health and wellbeing, and alleviate the compounding effects on humans and the fiscal resourcing pressure within cancer services.” What they mean by this is that by reducing the impact of cancer risk factors, money can be saved on treating cancer patients as there will be fewer of them.

This message comes at a particularly pertinent time for the UK and the NHS as both struggle through another difficult year where the latter has been stretched almost to breaking point.

While the summer is normally the quietest time for the NHS, this has not been the case since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, one which arrived at precisely the wrong time.



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