What is Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Every year, around 55,900 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s around 153 people a day. We want to stop the problem before it starts. Predict. Prevent. Protect.

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What is breast cancer?

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

Breast cancer risk

Here at Prevent Breast Cancer, we use the idea of a spectrum when we talk about breast cancer risk, rather than quoting numbers such as 1 in 9, 1 in 8 etc. This is because we believe these numbers are in fact a bit misleading.

At one end of the scale, there are women who carry a very high-risk gene such as BRCA1 or BRCA2, whose risk can be as high as 85%. At the other end of the scale are women who, as a result of their genetics and lifestyle have only a very low risk of around 1 in 50.

Most women are somewhere in the middle. For the average woman, who does not carry a high-risk gene, the risk is probably around 1 in 20.

How we are preventing breast cancer

We’re the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. Unlike many cancer charities, we focus on prevention, rather than cure. We want to stop the problem before it starts. Predict. Prevent. Protect. You could call it our mantra. 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. Breast cancer can be caused by a range of risk factors, some of these factors you can’t control, such as your genetics, breast density and age. Some factors you can influence, such as diet, lifestyle, and activity levels. We’re passionate about promoting early diagnosis, screening, lifestyle changes, and funding life changing research.

We Predict. We Prevent. We Protect. You could call it our mantra.

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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

Our research

Prevent Breast Cancer funds high-quality research projects that fall into four distinct pillars:

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We often seed-fund new ideas researching into the prediction and prevention of breast cancer – without our original funding these research projects would not happen. Furthermore once these pilot projects have been undertaken, they can often support large grant applications to organisations such as The National Institute of Health Research.

We work closely with The Manchester Breast Centre to collaborate with world renown experts in the field. Being situated at the only Breast Cancer Prevention Centre in the UK – inside the NHS The Nightingale Centre building – we’re right at the front-line in the fight against the disease.

Support us

Breast cancer is a devastating disease, which is why we’re committed to freeing the world of it altogether. If you’d like to support the vital work that we do, there are a number of ways you can help, such as donating or fundraising. Together, we will prevent breast cancer for our future generations.

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About Prevent Breast Cancer

Prevent Breast Cancer is 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. Join us today and help us create a future free from breast cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, email us today.

on January 12, 2023.

on January 12, 2023.