High incidence of breast cancer in Netherlands

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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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3 Comments To This Article

  • Sheila posted:

    on 7th September 2011, 16:12:10 - Reply

    Or could it be the use of deodorants in europe esp those containing aluminium, most cancers are in the area of the breast just under armpit especially in the left breast where (as most people are right handed) there is stronger application of anti-perspirants. 4 drops of tea tree in 5ml of almond oil does the trick but doesnt make tons of money for big business!!!!
  • Neets posted:

    on 12th August 2010, 18:59:36 - Reply

    Nor does the ridiculously high volume of smokers clearly!
  • proteus posted:

    on 11th August 2010, 15:57:17 - Reply

    Right, so the lack of serious prevention and education, the lack of regular check-ups, the "paracetamol culture" - those don't have anything to do with it, right?