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Odds of getting breast cancer shorten to one in eight

7th February 2011

One in every eight women can expect to develop breast cancer during their lifetime, according to Cancer Research UK.

Experts believe that unhealthy lifestyle habits have caused the lifetime risk of getting the disease to rise from one in nine.

Figures show that the UK's breast cancer rates increased by 3.5 per cent between 1999 and 2008, with women aged 50 to 69 experiencing the biggest rise.

However, the data also showed that women are now more likely to survive the disease – more than three-quarters of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer live for at least ten years, while almost two-thirds survive for more than 20 years.

Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK's director of health information, said small changes in lifestyle habits can help to reduce the risk of cancer.

She also urged women to discuss the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with their doctor, as long-term use is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

Dr Rachel Greig, senior policy officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said the figures should act as a "wake-up call".ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800388985-ADNFCR

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