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04.02.2011 Women’s breast cancer reported to be on the increase

Latest recorded statistics show that around 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.  Until recently this figure was calculated to be around 1 in 9 women would develop breast cancer.
 
The increase could be a result of a number of possible factors such as more women are now choosing to get screened for breast cancer.  There is a much greater awareness now in regards to the risks than there was before, and as a result it could be partly down to better early-detection rates.
 
Lifestyles may also be a contributing factor, as there is evidence to indicate that drinking alcohol can increase the risk of breast cancer.  Also bad diet and being overweight and with age can also give increased risk of breast cancer.
 
Breast cancer kills around 12,000 women in the UK every year albeit more and more women are surviving the disease.  With breast cancer on the increase among UK women the advice is for all women to assess their lifestyles and to look at ways to make improvements.  One major step is to exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes each day.  Also to eat the right foods, good nutrition can play an important part towards an improved lifestyle.  Also to limit alcohol intake as excessive drinking, especially combined with a poor diet, will increase the potential risk of developing cancer. 
 
If you have worries in regards to breast cancer, the risks, etc please speak to your GP and/or seek advice from one of the many supporting organisations operating throughtout the UK.  Most can be contacted by freephone or online, in complete confidence - so do not delay, speak up about your symptoms or concerns.
 
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