High incidence of breast cancer in Netherlands
Breast cancer is much more prevalent in the Netherlands than in other parts of the world. Figures from the World Cancer Research Fund shows that the Netherlands has 96.8 cases of breast cancer per 100,000 inhabitants.
That’s four times as many as in East Africa and three times as many as in East Asia. The difference is partly explained by better research and registration compared to many other countries.
However, the WCRF says that nutrition and lifestyle also play an important role. Scientific research shows that four out of every ten cases of breast cancer could have been prevented by a healthy body weight, responsible use of alcohol and more exercise. Breastfeeding is listed as another factor that reduces the risk of breast cancer.
In East Africa, for instance, women drink less alcohol than in the Netherlands; there are fewer cases of obesity and mothers breastfeed for much longer.
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