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BLOG: Helping to make 2017 a year of prevention

Published 6 Jan 2017

Happy New Year!  

Wow! What a year 2016 was – in more ways than one!    

Thanks to our wonderful supporters and fundraisers, we were able to reach more people with our prevention message than ever before.  Highlights for us include the successful launch of our Ambassador programme, our first (of many we hope) Prevention week and our #DitchTheJunk campaign.   

We met and exchanged views with politicians and policy makers from across the UK and Europe and commented on policies and consultations relating to endocrine disrupting chemicalsUK public health policies,  BPA in food packaging, glyphosate, flame retardants plus many more.   

We were pleased to see that blogs from UK MPs, Nik Dakin, Jo Churchill, Sharon Hodgson and Kerry McCarthy appear to support the need to do more to prevent breast cancer – the challenge now will be to turn those words into action – so that we see more policies coming to the fore that focus on prevention  not just diagnosis and cure.

We awarded new grants to King’s College London and Leeds University for research that will help us to better understand the role of harmful chemicals in breast cancer and we continue to try and make sense of the latest science and research – including the new potential treatment for BRCA1 breast cancer – denosumab,  the study of xenoestrogens in Spanish women and newly released breast cancer statistics that showed age standardised rates continue to rise.

What will 2017 look like for us?   I don’t think there’s any doubt that we all start 2017 with some uncertainty as to what the future holds.  Discussions about what Brexit might or might not mean for the UK is currently anyone’s guess.  But whatever happens following Brexit, we are clear that  all EU legislation that helps to protect environmental and public health must be maintained or bettered.

We will work closely with partner NGOs across the UK and put our case forcefully to politicians to ensure that whatever Brexit means, it does not mean a poorer quality of life or poorer standards of health for anyone.

In 2017 we will build on the success of our ambassador programme – our aim is to have 50 -100 ambassadors by the end of the year – if you’d like to be one of them please sign up today.

We want to make it easier for everyone to #DitchTheJunk by providing more practical tips and recommending safer alternative products.

We will be reaching out to Uni’s and High Education institutions too – so that we can get our message of prevention out earlier – this is key in our battle to end breast cancer. 

We are looking at exciting new partnerships to help us fund more scientific research so that future generations will be  well equipped to tackle all of the causes of breast cancer.

Above all we will continue to focus our efforts to prevent breast cancer – now and in the future – but we can’t do this without your help.   Help us make 2017 a year of prevention.   There are lots of fun ways to get involved and help raise money at the same time.   You could host a Pamper for Prevention evening or a Wear it Orange day at work.     If you run an ethical business, you might like to consider a corporate partnership or choose us as your charity of the year.  However you’d like to support us in our work to prevent breast cancer we’d love to hear from you – so don’t forget to share your thoughts and news via our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Here’s to making 2017 a year of prevention. 

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