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Put Prevention First

Prioritise the primary prevention of breast cancer

Overview and campaign objective

We want the Government and NHS England to deliver a breast cancer prevention strategy which prioritises the primary prevention of the disease, thereby broadening the current focus beyond secondary prevention, early diagnosis and search for a cure. This strategy will set out new goals for education, greater research funding and policy interventions, and acknowledge hormone disrupting chemicals as a preventable cancer risk factor.

Background 

Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK – 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime, with incidence rates projected to rise by 2% between 2014 and 2035. Despite welcome improvements in diagnosis and treatment, efforts to prevent breast cancer have stalled. Over a quarter of breast cancers are preventable, yet we spend just 5% of healthcare funding on prevention. This needs to change.

Today, UK cancer prevention policy is focused almost entirely on raising awareness of the symptoms, screening, early diagnosis and preventative medicine for those at high risk. Whilst these initiatives remain vital, we also need to identify and eliminate the causes of the disease, to stop it in its tracks.

We also believe the government and the NHS must do more to acknowledge the impact of environmental pollutants and harmful chemicals on the nation’s health. At the moment, health and the environment are treated as separate rather than interlinked matters, and this link is also ignored within National Cancer Plans and cancer research funding. The result is a major gap in cancer prevention policy, which significantly weakens our battle against the disease.  

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Call on the Government and NHS England to deliver a breast cancer prevention strategy which prioritises the primary prevention of the disease.

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