12 September, 2016

They say ‘prevention is better than cure’, but the concept of prevention is often overlooked.

So we want to make some noise about Prevention and all of the benefits it can bring.

Thanks to breast cancer awareness month, we are now far more aware of breast cancer – its symptoms, self-checking, etc.

But the truth is, we are also far more aware of breast cancer today. Quite simply because most of us know someone who has or has had it.

1 in 8 women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point.

1 in 5 of these cases will be in women under 50.

Although less common, around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

Whilst improved detection and treatment methods are vital, we must also look at how we can help prevent breast cancer – it should not be considered an inevitable disease.

Breast Cancer UK believes prevention is possible.

That’s why we are launching our first-ever Prevention Week today!

A week-long shout-out about the benefits of prevention, along with helpful tips and ideas on how you can help reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Throughout the week, we will be posting inspiring blogs from a range of opinion formers, policymakers and health campaigners, including Sir Tim Smit KBE (Eden Project), Sharon Hodgson MP (Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer), Kerry McCarthy MP and Janey Lee Grace (Radio 2).

So join us online today at 12pm for the launch with our online flash mob. When prevention supporters come together and make their voices heard, it’s time to take action for prevention.

A full round-up of what’s happening this week can be found here.



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