World Health Organisation warns of cancer 'tidal wave' | Breast Cancer UK

World Health Organisation warns of cancer ‘tidal wave’

Published 4 Feb 2014

The World Health Organisation issued dire news today that cancer cases are set to rise by 57% worldwide in the next 20 years.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) latest World Cancer Report 2014, warns us of an imminent "human disaster" that will require a heavier focus on preventive public health policies.

Breast Cancer UK’s Chief Executive, Lynn Ladbrook, said: “We clearly need to take a fresh approach to curbing all cancers, including breast cancer, as efforts to date are not winning this battle.”

“Breast Cancer UK fully agrees with the WHO that prevention is key to averting the cancer epidemic.  Greater emphasis must be given to those important risk factors that to date have been side lined. For breast cancer, reducing our exposure to chemicals that are linked to the disease yet still used in our every day products, must be central to any prevention strategy,” she added.

Breast Cancer UK is calling for political action to improve cancer prevention policy. Its Manifesto, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, outlines 5 key measures to help improve breast cancer prevention policy in the UK:

  • Prioritise the primary prevention of breast cancer
  • Improve the regulation of chemicals
  • Protect the unborn child from the harmful effects of chemical exposure
  • Ban the use of Bisphenol A in food and drinks packaging
  • Improve labelling laws and implement the ‘right to know’ about harmful chemicals

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