About Breast Cancer


Billions of tiny cells make up our bodies. Normally, these cells grow and develop in a systematic way where new cells are only made when and where they are needed. In cancer, this process goes wrong and cells begin to grow uncontrollably.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK; it accounts for 15% of all cancer diagnoses. Across the UK, 150 individuals are diagnosed with breast cancer every day; tragically 31 of them will lose their fight against the disease. If trends continue, we can expect a 12% increase in diagnoses in just 10 years’ time. 

Although there may never be a miracle cure or a simple vaccine that eliminates breast cancer; and there is no one single thing that women can do to prevent the disease, Prevent Breast Cancer’s vision is to make breast cancer a preventable disease for future generations. 

And the best place to start with prevention, is to get to know your own breasts. If you know how they should look and feel, then you will be better equipped to tell your doctor what is different.

Young Woman Checking her Breast Prevent Breast Cancer Charity UK

We are always trying to make breast cancer awareness something that everyone thinks about from those at school to those who are retired!

Our research now shows that breast cancer is not random and that women, and men, who develop the disease are genetically predisposed.This combined with their lifestyle, environmental and hormonal factors can trigger breast cancer.

Predict. Prevent. Protect. You could call it our mantra. As the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer, we’re committed to freeing the world from the disease altogether. Unlike many cancer charities, we’re focused on preventing, rather than curing. Promoting early diagnosis, screening and lifestyle changes, we believe we can stop the problem before it starts. And being situated at the only breast cancer prevention centre in the UK, we’re right at the front-line in the fight against the disease. 

We predict, we prevent, we protect:  

  •  We predict – by identifying who is at risk of breast cancer  
  • We prevent – by offering preventative interventions, to stop breast cancer before it starts 
  • We protect – our goal is to shield future generations from breast cancer 

Once we know which women are at a high risk of breast cancer, we can offer a number of strategies to reduce risk or even prevent the disease.

These strategies include: –

  • Regular screening for which we require improved technologies (over conventional mammography and MR scanning).
  • Lowering of lifestyle risk by interventions that are acceptable and effective; such as dietary, exercise and hormone based interventions.
  • “Switching off” genetic factors – through research into drugs, vaccines and antibodies, which interfere with biological pathways.

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