DESPITE the recent news coverage about the link between lifestyle and cancer research shows there is still a lack of awareness about how we can make positive choices to reduce our cancer risk.

For example, only half of people are aware that being overweight increases cancer risk and less than a third know that eating processed meat is a cause of cancer.

I am writing to let your readers know that choosing a healthy lifestyle can make a real difference to their risk of developing cancer. In fact, scientists estimate that about a third of cancers could be prevented just through healthy eating, regular physical activity and being a healthy weight.

If people want to find out more they can download our publications at or call 020 7343 4205 and ask for information to be sent to them.

Lisa Cooney

Head of education, World Cancer Research Fund