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Breast cancer rates rising

4th February 2011

Women are now facing a greater risk of contracting breast cancer, according to a leading cancer charity.


Cancer Research UK says that a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer has risen to one in eight from one in nine.

New figures from the charity have revealed that breast cancer rates in the UK have increased by 3.5% in 10 years, from 42,400 in 1999 to 47,700 in 2008 with the biggest rise in the 50-69 age group.

The charity says that small changes in everyday habits can help to reduce cancer risk, with breast cancer the most common cancer in women, accounting for almost a third of cases and followed by bowel and lung cancer.

Sara Hiom, director of health information at Cancer Research UK, said: “Cutting back on alcohol by keeping within government recommended limits of no more than 14 units a week helps.

“Taking more exercise and eating a diet high in fibre but low in saturated fat can help maintain a healthy weight - which in turn reduces breast cancer risk.”

She urged women to get tested at the earliest possible stage.

Dr Rachel Greig, senior policy officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: “More women are developing breast cancer and, although survival is improving thanks to breakthroughs in breast awareness, screening and treatment, we clearly have much further to go.

“A two-pronged attack is needed - commitment to research into the causes of breast cancer, supported by women arming themselves with knowledge of the risks that may contribute to the disease.”


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