I attended a cancer research event in Parliament this week to learn about the risks of cancer and how it can be prevented. This event was organised and held by Cancer Research UK, the UK’s largest cancer research charity in the UK.
I was given figures from the charity, which sadly showed that Delyn has some of the highest cancer rates in the whole of the UK. For comparison the London borough of Westminster has around 4,500 cancer cases per year, which is the same number of cases as Delyn. Annually, Delyn has a worrying figure of around 2,100 cancer deaths per year.
More than a quarter (27%) of cancer deaths each year in the UK are caused by smoking. In addition to smoking causing cancer, smokers are also at higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The percentage of people who smoke cigarettes in Flintshire Local Authority (19.3%) is similar to the Wales average (20.9%). The rate of smoking-related deaths per year is similar in Flintshire Local Authority (238.8 per 100,000) compared to Wales average (226.6 per 100,000). Each year, smoking costs society an estimated £35 million in Flintshire Local Authority.
Moreover, being overweight or obese is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking and is linked to 18,100 cancer causes every year. Being overweight or obese also increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. However the percentage of adult who are overweight or obese in Betsi Cadwaladar University HB (55.8%) is lower than the Wales average (58%). Each year the obesity is estimated to cost the NHS in Wales over £73 million.
If people want to get in touch with Cancer Research for more information or other data please contact [email protected] or 02034695536.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Cancer Research UK for their continued fight against cancer. The event they held was excellent in drawing to my attention how we can start to look at trying to prevent cancer in our community.
These figures are truly concerning considering both smoking related deaths and childhood obesity in Flintshire is above average. However, we have a better adult obesity rate than average, which demonstrates that these problems can be tackled. Although, we must not rest on our laurels and continue to strive to reduce obesity in Flintshire.
I would encourage people to get in touch with this amazing charity, if they would like some more information on this important subject.