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A pregnancy pill to prevent breast cancer?

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Published: 04.04.12
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Prof Valerie Beral - University of Oxford

Prof Beral discusses how lifestyle interacts with genes to alter the risk of breast cancer. She notes that the over riding factor in the risk of breast cancer is pregnancy, which lowers the risk of many cancers. Resarch is needed to develop a vaccine that simulates the hormonal impact of a pregnancy to lower breast cancer risk across developed countries. Less developed countries tend to have lower breast cancer rates due to younger and more frequent pregnancy rates. Prof Beral also covers her message to clinicians at EBCC 8: That pregnancy aside, exercise, diet and lifestyle have less impact on risk than is generally thought and in many cases it comes down to chance.

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