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OPINION - Booze & junk food ‘fuelling young cancer epidemic’: Tech and Science Daily podcast

   (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

A study suggests obesity and alcohol consumption are fuelling a rise in global cancer cases among younger people.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and China’s Zhejiang University School of Medicine estimates there’s been a near 80 per cent increase in under-50s developing the disease between 1990 and 2019.

They say that while genetics are likely to play a part, smoking, alcohol consumption and diets high in meat and salt but low in fruit and milk are the “main risk factors”, along with excess weight, low physical activity and high blood sugar.

A silver lining in the data is researchers found cancer rates among younger Britons stabilised from 2010 to 2019, with the annual mortality rate from early-onset cancer “steadily decreasing”.

Twenty-five clocks and watches designed by Swiss-French horologist Abraham-Louis Breguet are going on show at London’s Science Museum.

Golden timepieces include one dating from 1808 made for George III, and Tech & Science Daily podcast speaks with Anna Rolls, the curator of the Clockmakers Museum and archive about the show.

Santander’s warning of a boom in ticket scams on social media conning victims out of their hard-earning cash when they think they’re getting a great deal for gigs and games.

The building society says victims lost on average over £100 after buying dodgy tickets on sites like Facebook, with reports of cons doubling in the past year.

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