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March 2020

Guide aims to help women reduce cancer risk



The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has launched a new booklet to help women at different stages to reduce their risk of cancer and other health conditions.

Women’s Health Guide provides information on cancer prevention, cancer symptoms and screening as well as practical tips on maintaining a healthy weight, keeping active, breastfeeding, eating well during pregnancy and the menopause. The guide has simple to use interactive activities such as a quiz, a food diary and an exercise calorie calculator. In the UK, around 177,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in women every year but small changes to health and lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing cancer.

‘If we all lived healthy lifestyles, which includes not smoking, eating a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, around 40 per cent of cancer cases could be prevented,’ the WCRF said.

Advanced nurse practitioner Jacqui Walker said: ‘Women’s Health Guide has lots of useful tips and advice for health professionals to use with female patients. I find it helpful in encouraging behaviour change with my female patients as it makes conversations between them and myself easier.

‘The guide covers a number of different health factors that can affect a woman’s cancer risk throughout her life and the simple changes she can make in order to reduce that risk.’

WCRF Women’s Health Guide https://www.wcrf-uk.org/uk/here-help/resources-cancer-prevention/womens-health-guide