The number of new cases of cancer among women is 6 times ahead of those of men, as the British researchers found. They explain these figures with the obesity epidemic.
Published by Cancer Research UK statistics show that an unhealthy lifestyle is the cause of the outbreak of cancer among both sexes, but the main burden falls precisely on women. Experts of the charitable society urge women to reduce risk factors in order to reduce the increase in the number of cases. According to them, obesity is the second most important cause of oncological diseases after smoking. It's about the causes that can be prevented.
In the next 20 years, the number of new victims of tumors among women will increase 6 times faster than among men, the study shows. Thus, among the stronger sex, growth will be 0.5%, and among women - 3%. In 2035 there will be 4.5 million women and 4.8 million men diagnosed with cancer. This is due to the fact that almost two thirds of adults in the UK today are overweight or obese.
Although the level of obesity among men is still higher than among women, many tumors that are closely related to weight are predominantly or exclusively female. These are malignant neoplasms of the breast, uterus and cervix. In addition, the jump in the incidence of cancer among women is also due to an increase in the number of smokers of the fair sex in the last dozens of years. Finally, women began to drink alcohol more actively, scientists explain.
Despite the fact that the number of smokers in the UK is declining, the incidence of lung cancer is increasing. This is due to those women who started smoking in the 1960s, when this habit was very popular among men.