Prevent Breast Cancer is the only UK charity funding ground-breaking research solely aimed at preventing breast cancer for future generations.

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.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. At Prevent Breast Cancer, we’re passionate about stopping the disease before it starts. We promote healthier lifestyles and early diagnosis. We also collaborate with others to influence change in breast cancer services. We work closely with The Manchester Breast Centre to collaborate with the best experts in the field. As we are based at The Nightingale Centre – the UK’s only breast cancer prevention centre – we are at the forefront of preventative research.

Breast cancer is a devastating disease that affects too many people – the patients, their families, friends and colleagues. It is a disease that can often be cured if caught early and suitable treatments are prescribed. But what if there was no need for the cure? There was no diagnosis, no before or after breast cancer. What if people could live their lives safe in the knowledge that it would never happen to them.

Every year, in the UK, over 55,000 individuals are diagnosed – 150 people a day. And every year, we lose 11,500 to this disease. That is 11,500 too many. In fact, it is 55,000 too many. If we could prevent breast cancer tomorrow, by 2027, over 550,000 would never receive a diagnosis.

Our Vision

To prevent breast cancer for future generations through preventative testing, screening, lifestyle changes and drugs where needed.

The Need

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, despite it being a rare disease in men
  • 1 in 9 women* and 1 in 1,000 men in the UK will develop the disease in their lifetime
  • Across the UK, over 55,000 people annually are diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Tragically over 11,500 women do not survive, though survival rates are increasing
  • Breast cancer is the biggest cause of death in women aged 35-49
  • In the last ten years, female incidence rates have increased by 4%
  • In the UK breast cancer rates in women have increased by 22% in the last 30 years
  • Incidence rates for breast cancer are projected to rise by 2% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 210 cases per 100,000 females by 2035
  • 1 in 10 breast cancers are diagnosed late
  • The government and many major cancer charities direct just 4% of all their research funding into cancer prevention

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

Our Specific Aims

  • To predict which women are most susceptible to breast cancer.
  • To diagnose the disease early through better and earlier detection methods.
  • To research and develop preventative measures for the disease.
  • To increase the uptake of breast screening in minority ethnic groups.

Our Objectives

  • To identify women as high, medium or low risk through gene, lifestyle and breast density testing.
  • To undertake further research into high risk genes and gene fragments (SNPs).
  • To offer diet and lifestyle interventions to those deemed high-risk.
  • To increase the frequency of screening for high-risk women.
  • To improve diagnosis and treatment of pre-cancer changes.
  • To develop preventative drugs for appropriate patients.
  • To provide more accurate breast screening tools.
  • To raise awareness of the disease in minority ethnic communities.

We may be just over 20 years young, but the fight against breast cancer is still the driving force behind our vision. At Prevent Breast Cancer, we can’t wait to see what the next 20 years brings, but together, we will make breast cancer a preventable disease for future generations.

That is our aim. That is our name. Prevent Breast Cancer.

We Predict

We Prevent

We Protect

The promise is in our name


* Although figures now commonly cite that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 870 men will get the disease, we keep our figures a tad lower. The lifetime risk for the average woman in the UK (median risk) is actually around 1 in 10. However, many organisations include women who have high risk gene mutations and women over 85 years of age, which increases this number to 1 in 8. The experts who advise Prevent Breast Cancer feel that the figure of 1 in 7 or 1 in 8 exaggerates the average risk, so we prefer to use the figure 1 in 9. However you define lifetime risk, we are committed to making it fall to zero!


    Prevent Breast Cancer’s Achievements

    Prevent Breast Cancer work with internationally renowned scientists to work towards preventing breast cancer. Here are our achievements to date. Between August 2015 and September 2019, over 170 resear...

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    Scientific Advisory Board

    Our Scientific Advisory Board assess the scientific value and suitability for funding of all grant applications and advise on our research strategy.

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  • National Breast Imaging Academy

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    The Nightingale Centre

    The Nightingale Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital Prevent Breast Cancer raised £2 million towards the building of The Nightingale Centre – Europe’s first purpose built breast cancer prevention centre....

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    They are the voices that shout the loudest about the amazing work Prevent Breast Cancer does and without them we would not be the bold charity we are today.

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    Our Trustees help guide the charity and provide advice and leadership to the entire charity. Without them, we would not be able to work towards our mission of preventing breast cancer.

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    The Prevent Breast Cancer Team

    The Prevent Breast Cancer Team consists of fantastic individuals who work tirelessly to raise the money needed to fund our ground-breaking research and support so many people at risk of developing bre...

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    Medical Advisory Board

    Our Medical Advisory Board are on had to discuss how our research can affect clinical practice and provide expert commentary when the media need our help.

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    Since 2014 our research strategy consists of supporting research falling into four pillars:- Gene Research Early Detection and Improved Screening Preventative Drugs Diet and Lifestyle For more informa...

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    Our Fundraising Promise

    We have never and will never:- Give our database of supporters’ details to any other organisations or individuals Buy mailing lists for households and send unsolicited letters Employ door-to-door or...

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    Asian Women’s Health

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