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Over a quarter of people believe that fate will determine whether they get cancer, a survey says.

More women than men thought destiny would determine their chances – and smokers were 50% more likely than non-smokers to believe in it.

The poll of 4,000 people was carried out by the charity Cancer Research UK.

Those responding were asked if they thought they could cut their risk of developing cancer – or whether it was out of their hands.

In total, 27% of the people questioned said fate ruled whether they would be affected by the disease.

Among those from the most deprived areas, the figure rose to 43% and among those from the most privileged areas, it fell to 14%.

Smoking and obesity are linked to an increased cancer risk.

But the survey also found 34% of smokers and 36% of over 65s believed that getting cancer was down to fate.

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