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Breast cancer reduced by 2024

1st October 2007

Experts have suggested that simple changes to women’s lifestyles could prevent one in 10 cases of breast cancer by 2024.


Studies by the charity Cancer Research UK have indicated that cutting back on long-term HRT use, drinking less, reducing obesity, increasing rates of breastfeeding and exercising could help prevent 5,700 cases a year.

In the latest research carried out by Professor Max Parkin from the charity, and to be unveiled at the National Cancer Research Institute conference, he predicted that without women making changes to their lifestyle there would be 58,000 diagnoses of breast cancer a year by 2024, compared with 44,000 last year.

Figures show that rates of breast cancer have risen by 12% in the last decade.

Professor Parkin said: “If women begin to make changes in their lifestyle now then by 2024, one in 10 cases could be prevented.?

He particularly wants almost three-quarters of UK women who have children to breastfeed for six months. At present only 21% achieve this. The professor also suggests that women should exercise for at least 30 minutes five times a week within the next three years.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer point out that while lifestyle changes could reduce breast cancer risk other factors, such as genetics and even living environment played a role.

Policy manager Dr Sarah Cant said: “It’s important to remember that getting older is the biggest risk factor for breast cancer and even women with healthy lifestyles should attend breast screening appointments when invited and be breast aware.?


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Article Information

Title: Breast cancer reduced by 2024
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 4270
Date Added: 1st Oct 2007


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