1 in 8 Likely to Develop Breast Cancer, and Yorkshire at High Risk

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  1. October 20, 2017 3:10 pm
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Yorkshire Cancer Research, a Harrogate-based charity, has unveiled new statistics that show how one in eight people in the UK are at risk of developing breast cancer, and people living in Yorkshire are at greater risk.

The study showed that six areas of Yorkshire show a greater number of breast cancer cases than the national average, with Doncaster most at risk with 196 cases per 100,000 people. Scarborough and Ryedale along with Leeds West followed at 184, with Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby at 181, and Bradford at 180 cases per 100,000 people.

Every week in Yorkshire, 565 people are diagnosed with cancer.

Sadly, the statistics also show that survival rates in Yorkshire are lower than the average for the rest of England, partly due to widespread social deprivation and poor lifestyle choices, but also lack of access to healthcare services and early diagnostics.

The statistics suggest that lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption, being overweight, and a lack of physical activity all contribute to the development of breast cancer.

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Dr Kathryn Scott, CEO of Yorkshire Cancer Research said:

‘The reality of breast cancer prevalence in the area is shocking, but it is not something that can be ignored and the comorbidity of lifestyle choices and cancer incidences can’t be shied away from. With around a quarter of breast cancers preventable, we can improve these odds, together.’

Early detection through screening was shown to be the most effective way of improving survival rates, something Yorkshire Cancer Research is strongly campaigning to improve. Currently, around 27% of breast cancers are preventable, and early detection drastically improves chances of survival.

The survival rates at each stage of detection starkly demonstrate this, with a 62% survival rate for stage one cancer, dropping to 23% for stage two, eventually reaching just 1% survival rate at stage 4.

#reducetherisk campaign urging communities to take action

Detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages is vital for better survival chances, which is why regular screening and self-checking are so essential.

There are breast cancer symptoms that everyone should be aware of, and things you should get checked out immediately if you find them, including lumps in your breast or armpit, changes to the skin of your breast, changes in shape and size, or changes to the nipple. We don’t need to be paranoid, but regularly checking your breasts and having anything unusual checked out can make all the difference if the worst should happen.

Dr Kathryn Scott also said:

‘An early diagnosis is far easier to treat than an advanced cancer diagnosis in many cases, and this makes seeking advice from your GP at the earliest opportunity crucial.
‘Through simply being aware of the signs and symptoms and attending a routine breast screening appointment, the chances of an early diagnosis increase significantly.  We can and will reduce our risk through better education, lifestyle changes, and early detection.

‘Our mission is to ensure every person in every community across Yorkshire has the very best chance of living a long and healthy life.’

To follow the Yorkshire Cancer Research #reducetherisk campaign, visit the website or facebook app.

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