Soaring breast cancer rates blamed on lifestyle9th August 2010
New data has shown that women in the UK have four times the risk of breast cancer than women living in East Africa.
The risk was shown to be two-thirds lower for women living in Asia and 50% less for women in South America.
The statistics showed that 87.9 women per 100,000 in the UK received a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2008.
Britain was in ninth position in a table of countries with the highest rates of the disease. Belgium came top with a rate of 109.4 cases per 100,000 women and France was second, with 99.7 cases.
Countries in east Africa, such as Kenya and Tanzania, had the lowest rates, with just 19.3 women per 100,000 receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.
There are about 45,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed every year in the UK, with 12,000 deaths annually from the disease.
The data was compiled by the World Cancer Research Fund.
Dr Rachel Thompson, deputy head of science for WCRF, said the difference in rates was "a stark reminder that every year in this country, thousands of women are diagnosed with cancer that could have been prevented".
"The fact that rates of breast cancer are much lower in other parts of the world highlights the fact that breast cancer is not inevitable. This means we need to do more to get across the message that just by making simple changes to lifestyle, such as drinking less alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight, women can reduce their risk", she added.
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Title: Soaring breast cancer rates blamed on lifestyle
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15741
Date Added: 9th Aug 2010