Half of breast cancer cases can be avoided with healthy lifestyle, says study

Simply leading a healthy lifestyle could half the risk of developing breast cancer, a new study has suggested.
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has released a new report looking into the preventability of cancer through, diet, nutrition and physical activity.
It found that as many as 20,000 British women could avoid developing the potentially fatal disease each year, if they took more exercise, drank less and ate better.
The latest figures show 47,600 women developed breast cancer in 2008, with a quarter of these cases fatal.
Dr Rachel Thompson, deputy head of science at WCRF, said: “These figures show that we still have a long way to go to raise awareness about what women can do to prevent breast cancer.
“It is very worrying that in the UK there are still tens of thousands of cases of breast cancer which could be prevented every year. Breast cancer can be prevented by cutting down on drinking, being more physically active and carrying less body fat .”

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