Lifestyle and breast cancer risk

Current estimates suggest that increasing physical activity and decreasing alcohol consumption and body fat could prevent 38% of breast cancer in post-menopausal women in the UK.

Women meeting the World Cancer Research Fund prevention guidelines show a 60% reduction in breast cancer compared to women meeting none.

Quick facts

Breast Cancer represented
of all new cancer cases in 2017 and is the most common cancer in women, globally
In UK women, around
new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2017
of breast cancers were in women under 50, between 2015-2017
of breast cancers occurred in women over 75 between 2015-2017