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As an antidote to this week’s Breast Cancer Isn’t Pink story, here is a breast cancer awareness activity we can all get behind this month (no fundraising involved either!).

Breast Health Day takes place today, 15th October, and this year the focus is on lifestyle choices that can influence your future breast health and help prevent breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence.

While the increase in many cancers is linked to the fact that people are living longer, around 80,000 cases could be prevented every year if people ate better, kept to a healthy weight and exercised. Around one in three of the most common cancers could be stopped if people led healthier lives. Prof Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), has issued a stark warning that millions of people around the world face an early death from cancer if more is not done to prevent lifestyle cancers. “We have seen over the past century that, as countries have become more industrialised, people in those countries have become more overweight, less active and eaten more processed foods.”

“But this does not have to happen. By giving people the information they need to make their own choices, we can avoid the typical path of developing the unhealthy behaviours that have promoted chronic diseases in the 20th and 21st centuries…But unless we can stop the rising number of lifestyle-related cancers, millions of people will die unnecessarily young.”

So why not put your walking shoes on and join the Anna Livia Mile Walk in central Dublin to mark Breast Health Day tomorrow. The walk starts at 1 pm on the riverside at 02 and ends at Grand Canal Dock where it will join with the Plurabelle Paddlers – Ireland’s Dragon Boat Team.

More information on the Europa Donna Ireland website

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