Making the case for Prevention | Breast Cancer UK

Making the case for Prevention

Published 9 Nov 2015

Breast Cancer Fund has published a good, clear overview of a recent article by Janet Gray and Maricel Maffini in Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly[1], an interdisciplinary publication for medical professionals in the US.

The article states that whilst much of the mainstream media focus on genetic links to breast cancer, environmental exposures offer one of the greatest opportunities to reduce breast cancer risk.  It is an approach that has been advocated by the US President’s Cancer Panel Report: Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk, which concluded that “the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated,” and the Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee, which concluded that “prevention is key to reducing the burden of breast cancer.”  Sadly, it is not currently an approach which is widely promoted in the UK, (see for example our submission and response to the Independent Cancer Task Force), where no such provision for environmental risk factors has been made. 

We thoroughly welcome Gray and Maffini’s work and hope that it helps to raise awareness of the need for a change in the cancer conversation amongst health professionals both in the USA and here in the UK.    Read Breast Cancer Fund’s full blog post here 



[1] Gray, J. M. and Maffini, M. V. (2015) Give Prevention a Chance: Reducing Environmental Exposures to Improve Breast Health. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 197 (26) 197-201.

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