According to a new report from Breast Cancer Campaign titled Risk Determination and Prevention of Breast Cancer, critical gaps exist within current breast cancer risk and prevention research.
One key finding was that over 700,000 UK women are living with 'hidden' breast cancer risk and more research is needed to better understand the implications of breast density on a woman's individual risk of developing the disease.
Dr Matthew Lam, Senior Research Officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said:
“It's great to see some of the biggest names in prevention coming together to identify the critical gaps that currently exist in this area and we look forward to hearing more.
“Research into prevention is one of the most powerful assets we have which is why it is so important that more is done to take breast density into account as a risk factor and to explore the biology behind it. We too would like to see the breast cancer community coming together to develop a robust breast cancer risk and prevention plan and would be keen to play a part in this.
“Our hope is that one day we will be able to stop breast cancer for good and part of this mission is to pinpoint the root causes. That’s why we run the Breakthrough Generations Study, the world’s largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, following more than 113,000 women across the UK of different ages and from a range of backgrounds.
“Through detailed analysis of the various lifestyle and environmental factors that might influence breast cancer risk we are confident that we can unravel some of the biggest questions about how to prevent the disease altogether.”