Cancer Research UK predict over half of adults born since 1960 can expect to suffer the disease in their lifetime, and that figure will rise with time.
The new statistic, published in the British Journal of Cancer, updates previous estimates of one in three.
Not much use turning aside and saying the subject doesn't interest you. Action is called for. You know what to do, what to cut out, and what to eat to maintain health.
Here's the reminder of good lifestyle choices in order of importance:
Highest on the list - Be smoke free
Keep a healthy weight
Eat fruit and veg
Drink less alcohol
Be sun wary
Eat less processed red meat
Make your diet high in fiber
& lowest on the scale - Eat less salt.
Humans are living longer than we did before. For instance in 1960, the life expectancy was 71.1, but by 2012, the age we could expect to reach had risen to 81.5.
Also, cancer is more common in old age. And, let's face it, the body wears out over time. We weren't meant to live forever.
Here's the final warning to those young and fit enough to do something about their life choices. Researchers said that if life expectancy continues to increase without lifestyle habits improving, the majority of children can expect to develop cancer in their lifetimes. The Telegraph gives excellent graphs and tips.
In my own case, I follow all the recommendations on the list, and have done so for most of my adult life which began in Australia. At 73, I'm doing pretty well overall. My 76 year-old husband cannot stop smoking since he began as a boy of 14 on the streets of London. Alcohol was also a major factor in his younger days. Both of these vices cost a lot of money, and since retiring, he has stopped drinking and is trying to smoke less. His state of health is not good. He's developed cancer and is undergoing treatment.
Here's the part where you 'fess up about your lifestyle choices. In any event, let's take this study as a wake-up call.