Virginia Bottomley, the Secretary of State for Health, yesterday emphasised the importance of reducing the risk of developing cancer. Attended by Mr Blubby at a Cancer Research Campaign shop in Wimbledon, south London, she said: 'We face a tremendous battle in our fight against the illness. One in three people will develop cancer, one in four will die from it. But the news is not all bad. Trends over the last five years suggest that by the year 2000 there could be a 24 per cent reduction in cancer deaths among the under 65s.' The charity is launching a series of leaflets offering advice on diet, the sun, smoking and psychological aspects of cancer.
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