Comment on the 2-Day Diet said to cut risk of breast cancer
The Daily Mail has been reporting on the 2-Day Diet, co-authored by former Breast Cancer Campaign grant holder, Dr Michelle Harvie. Dr Harvie developed the 2-Day Diet plan with Professor Tony Howell and early results show that it helps women lose weight and could cut a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
Katherine Woods, Research Information Manager, Breast Cancer Campaign said: “We look forward to seeing the results of the two day diet study, in light of recent media reports that intermittent dieting reduces a woman’s risk of breast cancer. It is widely known that being overweight after the menopause increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, which is why we co-funded Dr Harvie’s earlier work in this field to help women find healthy ways to manage their weight and reduce their risk.
“The role of lifestyle in breast cancer continues to be a crucial area of interest for Breast Cancer Campaign and we are funding further research in this area. An exciting project looking at breast cancer ‘blood markers’ has given us more insight into the diet and lifestyle factors which influence cancerous changes in the body. It has important implications for the estimated 50,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year, as we hope that, in time, a predictive test could be developed to identify who is at greatest risk. Our research, in combination with preventative interventions like Dr Harvie’s, could help prevent the disease from developing.”