Category: Life Insurance

Hidden breast cancer risk for over 700,000 women

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


More than 700,000 women in the UK are living with a “hidden” breast cancer risk, a charity has said.

Breast Cancer Campaign said a high breast density can mask the signs of a tumour on a mammogram.

Breast density refers to the amount of collagen and glandular tissue compared with fat in the breast.

Women with the highest density are up to five times more likely to develop breast cancer than those with low density.

Past research funded by Breast Cancer Campaign has found a link between a high calorie diet and high breast density later in life.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Campaign, says:
"The best weapon in overcoming breast cancer is the ability to stop the disease occurring in the first place. To do this, we need better ways to identify who is most at risk. The emerging evidence on risk factors such as breast density, which we now know is putting hundreds of thousands of women at risk of developing breast cancer, must be taken into consideration and more must be done."

Currently, the only proven way to reduce breast density is by using chemoprevention drugs. A survey by Breast Cancer Campaign found that 34% of women would be willing to consider taking risk-reducing drugs should they qualify.

The charity said the best way to manage breast cancer risk is through lifestyle adjustments such as achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and reducing alcohol intake.


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