Prevention Week 18 to 24 September 2017 | Breast Cancer UK

Prevention Week 18 to 24 September 2017

Save the date: Prevention week returns 18 September 2017

Get ready, Prevention Week returns from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 September 2017 and this year we’re planning even more ways for you to get involved and take action for prevention.

We want to shine a spotlight on breast cancer prevention!

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.  Each year over 55,000 people (1) are diagnosed with this terrible disease.

Sadly not all breast cancers are preventable.  Yet around 1 in 4 breast cancer cases each year in the UK are thought to be preventable(2).

Simple lifestyle changes can help to reduce breast cancer risk. We can also take simple 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.

Just think!  13,750 people, their partners, family and friends free of breast cancer.

How can I get involved?

  • Supporter tool kit - we have lots of sharable content to help get the conversation about breast cancer prevention started.   Write to your MP or share our poster, infographics and images to help spread our prevention message! 
  • Wear it Orange for Prevention Week - Stand out from the crowd and get sponsored for wearing orange and help raise funds to prevent breast cancer!  Let’s get everyone wearing orange, get your local school, company, sports or social group to take part. Find out more
  • Pamper for Prevention - Anyone fancy a pampering night of moisturiser, face creams and fabulousness – but without all the harmful chemicals? You can help prevent breast cancer by hosting a Pamper for Prevention evening, pampering but without the risk, whilst at the same time helping to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer UK. Find out more.

What else will be happening during prevention week?

  • Guest Bloggers talking about health, environment and prevention!  We have more guest blogs planned for this year, watch out for announcements on twitter as they go live on our blog. (Missed last year’s you can catch up on our blog here).  Do you have a story to tell? get in touch, we could feature you on our blog.
  • Science fact not fiction - Our campaigns and reduce your risk guides are based on an increasing body of scientific evidence. Throughout the week we will be highlighting some of the science research which shows the link between harmful chemicals and environmental concerns to breast cancer.  f you would like to know more, check out our Science & Research pages here.

#ReduceYourRisk 

We want to help people make that one change to their lifestyle that will help them to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.  We have produced a range of helpful guides full of tips and advice on how to go about making that change - these can be downloaded from our website.  Look at our Reduce Your Risk pages here

Our prevention message applies to both men and women, we can all take action for prevention and we can all help change the focus from treating symptoms to talking about PREVENTION!

 

References:

1. Cancer Research UK Breast Cancer Statistics. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/breast-cancer (accessed April 12, 2017).

2. 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.

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