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.

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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.

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White Lies report

The detrimental health effects of consuming cow's milk and dairy products are more widely discussed in VVF's referenced report White Lies.  

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