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News - 8/10/07


Government called upon to extend the acknowledged list of risk factors for breast cancer to include environmental pollutants

The No More Breast Cancer Campaign (NMBC) argues that chemical toxins and environmental pollutants are linked to the ever rising rates of breast cancer in the UK. It calls upon Government to acknowledge this problem and to expand the current list of risk factors linked to increased breast cancer risk to include chemical toxins and environmental pollutants.

Please contact your MP/MSP to bring Breast Cancer UK’s submission to the Cancer Reform Strategy, and the NMBC campaign message, to their attention and ask whether they feel able to support the call for environmental pollutants to be included in the list of recognised risk factors. Please include in your letter/fax/email the following main points made in our submission, and send copies to:

Prof. Mike Richards
National Cancer Director, The Department of Health,
Richmond House, 79 Whitehall,  London SW1A 2NS 

and to:

NMBC Campaign at Breast Cancer UK, 
BM Box 7767, London, WC1N 3XX
Fax 0870 1617293

In economic terms, current government policy towards breast cancer prevention makes little sense. Annually increasing numbers of new cases accompanied by the rising numbers of survivors on increasingly expensive drug treatments is already placing an enormous burden on our struggling National Health Service and to allow this situation to continue will prove unsustainable.

The NMBC campaign message argues that environmental pollutants must be included in any future risk factor analysis of breast cancer incidence in the UK today. Therefore, we are asking the government:

Please take action and make your voice heard on this urgent issue.

Thank you

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