Introduction: lifestyle behaviour and prevention


The session will outline current epidemiological and behavioural evidence on the relationship between different lifestyle behaviours and the development of a wide range of cancers in adults. We will also describe behaviour change interventions which can help to reduce cancer risk in patients and strategies which encourage lifestyle screening by practitioners to support the preventive agenda. To date, most focus has been on tobacco smoking and cancer development. This session will address increasing concern about other lifestyle risk factors such as heavy alcohol consumption, poor diet and low physical activity.