This national campaign aims to help increase public health awareness of breast cancer.

A lot of research has gone into investigating possible contributing factors to cancer risk. The World Cancer Research Fund currently gives recommendations for reducing cancer risk; we discuss a few of these briefly…

  • Weight gain and obesity is linked to both breast and bowel cancer.
  • Strong evidence suggests that physical activity has protective benefits against breast and bowel cancers, with exercise being a vital component for maintenance of a healthy weight. Doing a small amount of exercise everyday can really offer benefits.
  • Long-term dietary choices are an important consideration. While a lot of energy-dense foods such as pizzas, biscuits and crisps can provide a cheap (and tasty) food option, they are laden with salt, sugar and saturated fats, offer little nutritional value and will increase the risk of obesity.
  • Evidence suggests that foods high in vegetables, fruits, wholegrains (e.g. brown pasta or rice and wholemeal bread) and pulses may offer protection against a number of cancers. These types of foods have high nutrient values and provide high levels of dietary fibres. For tips on how to reach your 5 A DAY visit:
  • Red and processed meats are strongly linked to bowel cancer. It is advisable to try and limit intake of meats such as bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and some sausages.
  • There is ever growing evidence linking alcohol consumption to increased breast and bowel cancer. While a small amount may offer protective benefits against heart disease, it is essential that alcohol is consumed in moderation.  To find out more information on safe limits for alcohol visit:


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To get involved with Breast Cancer Awareness month this October visit:

Recommendations discussed above are taken from the WCRF/AICR report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective (2007). Further details can be found at: