Some cancers
can't be prevented...
But many can

Stopping Cancer At Source in the UK

There are 1,000 new cancer cases in the UK every day. Up to 400 can be prevented.

CancerWatch is an organisation made up of people whose lives have been affected by cancer, who are passionate about eliminating preventable cancers in the future.

We exist to campaign for more and better action to prevent cancer. Please read our policy pages and blog to find out what we recommend, and let us know if you’d like to hear more from us.

Tackling the problems

Cigarette ends


Smoking is considered to be the most preventable cause of cancer. And yet about 13% of the British population still smoke, and about 35,000 people a year die from lung cancer each year.

Food and diet

Obesity is a major cause of cancer, responsible for some 13 different types. Soaring obesity levels in the UK are largely down to changes in diet and food supply, and are among the worst in Europe.
Glass of wine


Alcohol is an important risk factor in many cancers, including breast, bowel and oesophageal cancer. Drinking patterns have changed over time, and can be improved with appropriate action.

The main preventables