During the 19th Century, accessing clean water was the biggest challenge faced by the people. Today, a similar situation has come up, which poses danger to the community and its people and this is the confrontation with cancer.
Professor Martin Wiseman, Scientific Adviser for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) says that the poor eating and lifestyle of the Britons has put them at a high risk of cancer and as much as 80,000 cancer cases in a year can be avoided if the people adopt a healthy lifestyle.
An estimate puts forth it has been seen that mostly in high-income countries and every third person in general, this risk of cancer can be averted with a change in eating habits.
The last thirty years has been a witness to the sharp rise in the number of cancer cases, this rise has been too steep. 6.3million in 1980 to 8.1 million in 1990 and 11.3million in 2007, the UN has established that it is likely that the number and rate will double by 2030.
“The challenge we face is of the same scale as people faced in making drinking water freely available in the 19th Century in urban areas”, says Professor Wiseman. Obesity too is said to be one of the reasons that leads to cancer of the bowel, stomach, mouth, foodpipe and breast.