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Maintaining a healthy weight 'reduces breast cancer risk'

1st September 2009

Women can reduce their breast cancer risk by maintaining a healthy body weight and cutting back on alcohol, new research has shown.

A review of research commissioned by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and carried out by researchers at Imperial College London showed that maintaining a healthy weight, physical activity and breastfeeding children can all contribute to lowering risk.

The study, which is not set to be published until later this year, was based on a review of 954 research projects.

Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser for the WCRF, explained that the new data provides 'the clearest picture we have ever had on how lifestyle affects a woman's risk'.

He added: 'We estimate over 40 per cent of breast cancer cases in the UK could be prevented just by making these relatively straightforward changes.'

Last month the WCRF urged parents not to put processed meat into their children's sandwiches, saying it can increase the risk of developing cancer later in life.

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