08/10/2010 // UK // Get Cancer Answers // News Desk

London – Breast cancer rates in eastern Africa are reportedly significantly lower than rates in the UK. As reported by AFP, the World Cancer Research Fund has stated that the rates of diagnoses for women in Britain is four times higher than in eastern Africa.

Dr. Rachel Thompson, deputy head of science for the WCRF, is quoted in the report as stating of the statistics, “The fact that breast cancer rates in eastern Africa are so much lower than in the UK is a stark reminder that every year in this country, thousands of women are diagnosed with a case of cancer that could have been prevented.”

Thompson further notes, “The fact that rates of breast cancer are much lower in other parts of the world highlights the fact that breast cancer is not inevitable. This means we need to do more to get across the message that just by making relatively simple changes to our lifestyle, women can reduce their risk of breast cancer… Scientists estimate that about a third of the most common cancers in the UK could be prevented just through eating healthily, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.”

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