Premier international conference to highlight understanding of cancer disparities

August 17, 2015

She noted that "by making relatively simple changes to our lifestyle, such as drinking less alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight, women can reduce their risk".

Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK's director of health information, said: "Our risk of breast cancer is affected by hormones. Many women in the west, including the UK, are having children later in life than women in Africa and their families tend to be smaller. Having children early and breastfeeding them for as long as possible gives some protection against breast cancer."

"Other ways to reduce risk include cutting back on alcohol, keeping a healthy bodyweight and being physically active. Also, few women in east Africa have access to breast screening unlike women in the UK, where the national screening programme increases the number of cases of breast cancer detected."

Source: Cancer Research UK