Euro Parliament wants action on EDCs to protect health

On 14 March 2013, the European Parliament voted to pass the Westlund report on the protection of public health from Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s), which are known to be one of the risk factors for breast cancer. The report is the strongest expression of Parliament’s position on EDCs in quite a while. While it is a non-legislative […] Read more »

Research from NEJM concludes increased risk of heart disease from radiotherapy

14 March 2013 – A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that “Exposure of the heart to ionizing radiation during radiotherapy for breast cancer increases the subsequent rate of ischemic heart disease. The increase is proportional to the mean dose to the heart, begins within a few years after exposure, and continues for at least […] Read more »

Doubts cast over breast cancer screening

An article in the Independent (1 Sept 2011) reports that experts are calling the breast screening programme “dishonest”  http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/claims-of-breast-cancer-screening-success-are-dishonest-say-critics-2347194.html Read more »

Breast Cancer Screening

The screening debate has produced a confusing amount of advice and evidence. The following conflicting “facts” have been taken from a range of research papers and the current NHS Screning Leaflet. • Regular screening reduces the number of deaths from breast cancer. • Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased over the past 20 years due to the better management of […] Read more »

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

In 2007, the WCFR/AICR Diet and Cancer Report recommended that changes to diet and physical activity could reduce the burden of cancer worldwide. In particular it proposed that 42 per cent of breast cancers in the UK could be prevented by diet and physical activity, leading to lower body fatness (although, interestingly, higher rates of […] Read more »