New research from Cancer Research UK, released on World Cancer Day, says that the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer has risen in the UK from one woman in nine to one in eight

This is likely for a number of reasons but lifestyle factors and having a family history of the disease increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

Today, women tend to have fewer children later in life and this too increases risk.

Cutting back on alcohol by keeping within government recommended limits of no more than 14 units a week (a small drink a day) helps. Taking more exercise and eating a diet high in fibre but low in saturated fat can help maintain a healthy weight – which in turn reduces breast cancer risk

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