Study reveals substantial impact of chronic diseases on cancer risk

Several common chronic diseases together account for more than a fifth of new cancer cases and more than a third of cancer deaths, finds a study published by The BMJ today. The findings show that the cancer risks from common chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, are as important as those from five major lifestyle factors combined. However, the authors point out that chronic diseases are not targeted in current cancer prevention strategies - and say their findings have important implications for developing new strategies that target chronic diseases. Studies have shown that certain chronic diseases may predispose...

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