Over 50s 'less aware of cancer risks'

A new study has revealed that over 50s are the age group who are least aware of the links between unhealthy living and cancer.

Over 50s are less aware of the potential risks and causes of cancer than any other age group, according to new research.

A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has revealed that those over 55 are less likely to be aware of the cancer risk posed by poor diet and being overweight.

Older people were also revealed to be less likely to realise the danger posed by physical inactivity and alcohol intake, despite the presence of scientific evidence.

Lisa Cooney, head of education for WCRF, has described the findings as a "real concern" and vowed that the organisation would continue to try and increase awareness of these risks among over 50s.

She said: "It is never too late to start thinking about cancer prevention. No matter how old you are, you can make lifestyle changes that can reduce your cancer risk."

This comes after Age Concern and Help the Aged last week suggested that regular exercise can also help older people to improve their muscle strength, leaving them less vulnerable to falls and fractures.

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