Breast cancer rates continues to increase among younger women on the Standard American Diet

Breast cancer rates continues to increase among younger women on the Standard American Diet

Cancer Research UK says one in five cases of breast cancer is now in women under the age of 50.

“The number of cases in women lower than 50 diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing…”
Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of health information.

“Growing alcohol consumption could be a contributing factor...”
Cancer Research UK.

“It’s worrying to see an increase in the number of younger women diagnosed with the disease.  We must invest in disease prevention”
Chris Askew, chief executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

“We know from our users that being diagnosed with breast cancer as a younger woman can be an isolating experience and raises specific issues, such as the impact on fertility”
Tara Beaumont, clinical nurse specialist at Breast Cancer Care.

What has the latest cancer analysis told us?

  • The number of young women with breast cancer in the UK has hit an all-time high
  • One in five cases of breast cancer is now in women under the age of 50
  • There has been an 11% growth in rates of breast cancer in women aged under 50 in the last 20 years
  • From 38 per 100,000 women to 42 women per 100,000

What are the factors that increase breast cancer risk the most? 

Diet and lifestyle, as 95% of breast cancer is not genetic and does not come through family genes.

“As developing countries succeed in achieving lifestyles similar to New Zealand, they will encounter much higher breast and colon cancer rates.  There is no region in the world that has a high incidence of breast cancer without a concurrent colon cancer burden”
The World Cancer Report 2013.

“The huge breast and bowel cancer growth is mostly due to Western lifestyles, it’s a misconception that nothing can be done”
Scientists published in the Lancet Oncology, 2012.

As reported by The Guardian on Friday 3 May, 2013.


 

Posted: Sunday 5 May 2013

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