Cancer charities: 'Better food labelling would help consumers'

Stomach cancer is difficult to treat successfully because most cases are not caught until the disease is well-established.

This places even greater emphasis on making lifestyle choices to prevent the disease occurring in the first place - such as cutting down on salt intake and eating more fruit and vegetables.

Because around three-quarters of the salt we consume is already in processed food when we buy it, WCRF would like to see traffic light labelling on the front of food and drink packaging to give clear guidance on the levels of salt as well as sugar, fat and saturated fat.

– Kate Mendoza, head of information, World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

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Salt 'stomach cancer risk'

Too much salt is believed to promote cancer by damaging the stomach lining, a new report has found. Better "traffic light" food labelling is needed to reduce the number of stomach cancers linked to salt, experts have added.