The second Prevention Week is taking place this week (18-24 September) and it allows us to shine the spotlight on prevention so that more people start to think about reducing the numbers of people who get breast cancer rather than just diagnosing this most feared disease or caring for people once they have it.
55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year - so that's last year, this year, next year ......... According to a study, 1 in 4 cases are thought to be preventable (Parkin, D. et al. (2011). The Fraction of cancer attributable to lifestyle and environmental factors in the UK in 2010. British Journal of Cancer 105: S77-S81.) It is also shocking that 1 in 5 cases are in people under 50.
Simple lifestyle changes can help to reduce breast cancer risk. We can also take steps to reduce our exposures to environmental pollutants that are linked to breast cancer. Reducing breast cancer cases by 25% would mean 13,750 less people would be diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
I am honoured to be working with BCUK on their Ambassador programme. Over the past year we have trained 27 volunteers across the country to go out into their community and talk to people about breast cancer risk. They share simple tips for reducing risk in their everyday lives and how leading a healthier life is the right thing to do and enjoyable too! That is the message I have been batting on about for over 15 years now!
These free 'Let's Prevent Breast Cancer' talks are available to any company or organisation (as long as we have a volunteer Ambassador in your area) and hosting a talk will ensure that the staff are aware of all the acknowledged and potential risk factors for breast cancer and are given tips on how to reduce their own risk in their daily lives. #ReduceYourRisk
To find out more and book a talk go to http://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/reduce-your-risk/book-a-lets-prevent-breast-cancer-talk
We are still looking for Ambassadors across the country to join our amazing team of commmited people and if you are interested you can find out more at http://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/fundraise-volunteer/volunteer/breast-cancer-uk-ambassador-programme