Diet and Lifestyle

Diet - Prevent Breast Cancer


This page explains more about Prevent Breast Cancer‘s research projects into diet and lifestyle. If you would like to donate directly to this research pillar to help fund this area of our work, please click here and choose ‘Diet and Lifestyle’ as the project.


Researchers now accept that up to a staggering 25% of cases of breast cancer could be prevented through making and sticking to simple lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or drinking less alcohol. At Prevent Breast Cancer, we fund Dr. Michelle Harvie, the UK’s first dietitian researching the link between diet, lifestyle and breast cancer in order to help better understand why this is the case and how we can help women make these changes in the future.


Much of our research within this pillar aims to find the best way to help at-risk women make positive changes to their lives in order to prevent breast cancer (along with a host of other diseases!) in future. Our researchers have developed a novel, effective 2-Day Diet for weight loss which involves two days per week of a low carbohydrate, low calorie diet and 5 days of a healthy Mediterranean diet. We have found that people are much more likely to stay on this diet longer-term, making it very effective for losing weight and retaining this weight loss. Information about this diet and the research supporting it has been published in the book ‘The 2-Day Diet’.


We are now funding one project in our diet and lifestyle research pillar:

  • Family History Healthy Lifestyles Project – we are working with three NHS Family History Clinics across the UK to develop a programme to support women who have a high risk of developing breast cancer to make positive lifestyle choices.


Watch our charity’s Chairman Lester Barr explain more about diet and lifestyle research at Prevent Breast Cancer in the video below.



If you would like to apply for a research grant, click here. Prevent Breast Cancer never fund research involving animals.