Know Your Facts From Your Fiction

September 16, 2014 8:36 AM

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Know Your Facts From Your Fiction

“Breast cancer can sadly happen to anyone, at any age,” says Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of Research at Breast Cancer Campaign. “This is why it is vital that you stay breast aware, know what is normal for you, and report any unusual changes to your GP.” However, although lifestyle choices do not guarantee prevention, Carolyn Rogers, Clinical Nurse Specialist, at Breast Cancer Care, points out: “Eating a well balanced diet, taking regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol intake can all contribute to reducing the risk of developing breast cancer.”

“Evidence suggests that for every child you have, your risk of breast cancer is reduced by 7%, while, every 12 months of breastfeeding reduces risk by 4%,” says Dr Wilde. Sally Greenbrook, Senior Policy Officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, explains: “In the long term, women who have had children a...

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