I had a break from studying earlier this week, when a friend invited me to a charity fundraising event at her daughters school.
🔹The Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Healthy Lifestyle Evening’, was fascinating and right up my street.
The lecture was delivered by Professor Tony Howell, Professor of Oncology at the University of Manchester and Dr Michelle Harvie, award-winning research dietician, both based at the Genesis Prevention Centre.
They explained how their primary research has helped to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer, and heart disease, along with maintaining a healthy body weight and lifestyle, through the internationally best selling, clinically proven Genesis book, ‘The 2-Day Diet’. For more information about the book check out:http://http://www.amazon.co.uk<
🔹We discovered that this research was the basis for the Michael Mosley Horizon programme ‘Eat, fast and Live Longer’ that caused a stir last year, when it examined the powerful science behind the ancient idea of fasting.
🔹We were introduced to the work of the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention which is the only UK charity that is entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. It exists to fund preventative breast cancer research into various factors such as genetics, family history and health and lifestyle.
Here are some facts about breast cancer! More information is available via the following link: www.genesisuk.org
🔹1 in 10 women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some time during their life.
🔹Breast cancer is the biggest cause of death for women between 35 and 55 years of age.
🔹50,000 women develop breast cancer every year in the UK – one of the highest rates in the world.
🔹Although breast cancer death rates in the UK are decreasing, the incidence of breast cancer is still increasing.
🔹Only 2% of UK cancer research funds are currently spent on prevention.
A question you may be asking is how does this impact younger women. To answer that question we need to consider the life course perspective on health, which is a concept based on the theory that events that happen in earlier life stages have a direct influence on later stages. So in plain English: having a poor diet, drinking too much alcohol, being overweight or obese at a young age can have health implications later on.
🔹The Professor outlined that being overweight can increase a women’s chance of developing breast cancer, but losing some or all of that weight will have a positive impact, and can reduce the chances of developing the disease. This is where the 2 day diet, comes in.
I really enjoyed the event and it was great to be able to ask the authors questions. It also stressed the importance of primary research to help test out and develop new theories.