About Breast Health

Women should pursue a health strategy that will reduce the known breast cancer risk factors as much as possible, including avoiding obesity and weight gain, increasing physical activity and managing lifestyle choices. The International Agency for Research on Cancer estimates that excess body weight and physical inactivity account for approximately 25-33% of breast cancer cases.

Europa Donna cites scientifically proven studies that have been approved by the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) in our breast cancer facts section. Today there are many important studies concerning risk factors for breast cancer, but not yet enough evidence to list these in the breast cancer facts section. Links to some of this research can be found in the sub headings below:

About Breast Health

Menopausal Therapy

Avoiding Obesity

Physical Activity


After Breast Cancer

The European Code Against Cancer and Breast Health

The European Code Against Cancer is an initiative of the European Commission to inform people about actions they can take for themselves or their families to reduce their risk of cancer. The current fourth edition, prepared by cancer specialists, scientists, and other experts from across the European Union in a project coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) with financial support from the EU Health Programme, consists of twelve recommendations that most people can follow. Within the European Code Against Cancer recommendation numbers 3,4,5,6, and 10 contain important information about lifestyle factors relating to breast cancer, and number 12 describes breast cancer screening.

Find out more about the fourth edition of the European Code Against Cancer at:


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