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184,000 in UK to get preventable cancer diagnosis this year, study finds

Exclusive: Calls for crackdown on smoking, drinking and poor diet as study reveals £78bn cancer cost

A growing epidemic of preventable cancers will lead to 184,000 people in the UK being diagnosed with the disease this year and will cost the country more than £78bn, research reveals.

Cancer caused by smoking, drinking, obesity and sunburn leads to £40bn a year in lost productivity, costs the people affected £30bn and takes up £3.7bn of the NHS’s budget, the study found. Preventable cancers also cost families and carers £3.4bn and the social care system £1.3bn.

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