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What we do

What we do  

We raise awareness of how lifestyle changes, which include avoiding certain harmful chemicals, can reduce your risk of getting breast cancer. We also provide practical information to help you do this. 

We base our information on the latest evaluated scientific research and developments on breast cancer. And we fund our own research to understand and address the causes of breast cancer and things that may prevent it. 

We also campaign for policies and processes that put prevention at the heart of addressing breast cancer, working with government and clinical bodies to ensure they have the latest evidence on breast cancer prevention and that they take the issue of prevention seriously. 

In order to achieve this we raise charitable funds in line within Charity Commission guidelines 

Our approach

Our approach is based on the ‘precautionary principle’ enshrined in EU Law. This means  that, in some cases, our advice will be to avoid a chemical because it “might” increase breast cancer risk. The EU principle states that “in cases of serious or irreversible threats to the health of humans or ecosystems, acknowledged scientific uncertainty should not be used as a reason to postpone preventive measures.”  We believe that sometimes  steps need to be taken even if evidence has not been established fully and there is some uncertainty over its potential harm. 

That’s why we advocate limiting exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals, frequently used in a range of products and manufacturing processes. Many are suspected of being associated with an increased incidence of breast cancer.  

How we work

All the information we share is based on evidence drawn from credible sources of research, and produced according to strict quality controlled guidelines.  We work to ensure our public facing information is of high quality, accurate, balanced, and in line with our  charitable objectives.   Our information is drawn from peer reviewed scientific publications and information from expert bodies such as the World Health Organisation, United Nations Environment Programme, World Cancer Research Fund, European Union and national agencies. Other information sources include expert bodies such as the National Cancer Research Institute, the Endocrine Society and other breast cancer charities. 

We are advised by a Science Committee made up of trustees and independent co-opted members who review our information production and evidence gathering processes.     Our publications are user tested and continue to be in line with NHS Information Standard principles. 

Our strategy

Breast Cancer UK’s strategic plan outlines the role we will play in helping to achieve our mission to prevent breast cancer.  It sets out our key strategic objectives that inform our activities and shape our priorities over the coming years.  

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