Scottish Cancer Prevention Network

New from World Cancer Research Fund


Nov 13
  1. Work from the Continuous Update Project (CUP) highlights the strength of evidence about body fatness as a “convincing” cause of endometrial cancer. Current estimates are that, in the UK, this factor alone accounts for 38% of the disease. Coffee (both caffeinated and decaffeinated) and physical activity appear “probably” protective but glycaemic load “probably” increases risk. For more details see

  3. New Preventability estimates for food, nutrition, body fatness and physical activity for 12 main cancers have been published. Of note is the new estimate for endometrial cancer (44%) showing a more modest (but still important) effect for physical activity. The overall estimate for these 12 cancer combined (in the UK) are 37%, accounting for 27% of all cancers. It would be interesting to see what happens to these estimates if smoking was added.

Look out for the next CUP reports, due out next year, on ovarian cancer and breast cancer survivors.