What is prevention?
There are more than twice as many new breast cancer cases annually than new cases of cancer in any other site.
Studies from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have shown that a third of all breast cancer cases can be prevented in Europe by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That would mean that 192,00 of the 576,300 new cases of breast cancer each year in the WHO Europe region could be prevented.
The increasing number of breast cancer cases may be due to changes in lifestyle habits, increase in sedentary lifestyle, weight gain and obesity and sociological changes, such as increasing age at first birth and decreasing number of children born to women. It may also be due to better early detection.
There is accumulating evidence that healthy lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of breast cancer.