In a recent clinical study, women were asked what they thought the level of risk was to them of developing either Coronary artery disease or Breast cancer. These were their answers:
- Coronary artery disease: Perceived risk 4%; Actual risk 50%
- Breast cancer: Perceived risk 46%; Actual risk 4% (almost opposite)
We will shortly be publishing more information and suggesting why this level of mis-perception is so high.
In another clinical study on breast cancer, it was found that for every 1,000 women (UK general population) aged between 50-59, there were:
12 cases of women developing breast cancer over the next five years.
- For women who drink two or more units of alcohol per day there were 3 extra cases.
- For women who are current smokers there was 1 extra case.
- For women who are overweight or obese (BMI equal or greater than 30) 17 extra cases.
- For women who take at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week 5 fewer cases.
See our section on A Healthy Menopause.
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