Why is the
number of women with breast cancer rising? Is diet involved and what can
you do about it?
Breast cancer is the most
common cancer affecting women in the
UK. Each year, there are over 44,000 new cases. One in every nine women
(and one in every 300 men) in the UK will develop breast cancer at some
point in their lives. Since 1971 the incidence of breast cancer has
increased by a staggering 80 per cent.
It's not all in the Genes
Many people think that their
risk of developing breast cancer is beyond their control; that 'fate'
will decide. This type of genetic fatalism results from the
much-publicised link between genes and breast cancer. However, less than
10 per cent of breast cancers are due to abnormal genes. The vast
majority (90 per cent) are caused by environmental factors, including
diet and yet again the usual suspects - meat and dairy - are implicated.
One in Nine report
Despite the growing body of
scientific evidence there is a widespread reluctance to recognise the
role of diet in breast cancer risk. The VVF has produced a scientific
report; One in Nine which
explains how breast cancer cases are rising and examines the evidence
linking red meat and dairy to this disease. The fully-referenced report
reveals how saturated animal fat, hormones and growth factors found in
meat and dairy foods are implicated. The report also investigates which
foods can help prevent and overcome breast cancer. Read how fruit and
vegetables, fibre, folic acid, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli and
cabbage) and soya can help fight this disease.
Read the report
A Fighting Chance guide
We have also produced a
colourful 52-page guide called A
Fighting Chance - A guide to healthy eating to help prevent and overcome
breast cancer. The easy-to-read guide, based on the latest
science, explains why meat and dairy foods are harmful and reveals
different ways of eating healthier, tastier foods that don't contain the
harmful substances found in meat and dairy but do contain vital fibre
and disease-busting compounds. The guide also contains a list of
delicious superfood ingredients with an explanation as to why they can
help combat illness and a useful seven-day meal plan with
easy-to-follow, inspiring recipes.
Read the guide
White Lies report
The detrimental health
effects of consuming cow's milk and dairy products are more widely
discussed in VVF's referenced report
Read the report