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UK breast cancer rates four times higher than in east Africa

Published on 11/08/2010
UK breast cancer rates are four time higher than in east Africa, new figures have revealed.

World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) reported that there were 87.9 women per 100,000 diagnosed in the UK in 2008, compared to 19.3 in 100,000 women in eastern Africa.

The news could be a wake-up call to many women who could benefit from taking out individual health insurance.

Scientists estimate that four in ten cases in the UK could be prevented by having a healthy lifestyle such as drinking less alcohol and staying active.

Deputy head of science for WCRF Dr Rachel Thompson commented: "The fact that breast cancer rates in eastern Africa are so much lower than in the UK is a stark reminder that every year in this country, thousands of women are diagnosed with a case of cancer that could have been prevented."

She noted that the breast cancer rate in the UK is double that of South America and three times the rate of East Asia.
 
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