New research reveals our breast cancer risk is higher than ever, but healthy living will help you beat the odds
Breast cancer rates in the UK have increased by 3.5% in the past decade, pushing the lifetime risk up from one in nine women to one in eight, according to figures released today by Cancer Research UK. Obesity and alcohol abuse are being named as the two main culprits, but waiting later to have children and not breast feeding can increase your risk as well, the scientists say.
ZEST says: Although frightening, this research reiterates how much you can do to actively lower your risk of the disease. Postponing procreation may be something you're not willing to budge on - and that's fair enough - but when it comes to eating sensibly, exercising regularly and drinking moderately, there's nothing stopping us. We should also bear in mind that although our risk of the getting breast cancer is statistically bigger than ever, prognosis is better than ever. Now, nearly two-thirds of women will survive the disease beyond 20 years; more than three-quarters survive past ten. But stay slim and healthy and, hopefully, you'll never have to find out.
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