Jersey cancer rates:
Blame islanders lifestyles
It found islanders' lifestyles, rather than any other reason, are to blame.
The study by Public Health England was commissioned by Jersey's Director of Public Health to examine whether there were any unexpected reasons for rates being so high.
Jersey's cancer rate is 6% higher than the south west of England.
Comparably speaking, there are 28 more new cases per year in the island than you might expect based on the UK rate.
Head and neck cancers, malignant melanomas and lung cancer cases account for most of the excess.
The report also examined a much-reported theory that Radon gas from granite could be a factor.
It found: "Members of the public often express concern about the links between cancer and radon gas. Radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer, but for non‐smokers the baseline risk is so small that the increase caused by radon is very low indeed. The main risk of radon gas in homes is to people who are smokers. Stopping smoking has the most potential to reduce cancer risk."
Director of Public Health Dr Susan Turnbull told ITV News: "This report is most welcome, though its findings do not surprise me. It confirms and reinforces the accumulated evidence that the high incidence cancers that shorten some Islanders' lives are largely preventable by healthier lifestyle choices: principally stopping smoking, taking precautions to avoid sunburn and excessive sun exposure, and avoiding hazardous alcohol consumption. We each have the opportunity to make choices that alter our personal odds of developing these preventable cancers."
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