Breast cancer risks not well understood among women

A Newspoll survey, conducted on behalf of Cancer Australia and released today to coincide with Pink Ribbon Day, showed a high proportion of women mistakenly believe that factors such as the use of underarm antiperspirant deodorant and the consumption of additives in food contribute more to breast cancer risk than lack of exercise, being overweight and alcohol consumption.

Of those surveyed, three out of four did not identify regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol consumption as key factors that can reduce their risk of breast cancer. 

Half of the women surveyed were classified as being overweight or obese. However, only 37% saw themselves as being above a healthy weight range.

Only one in three exercised for the recommended amount of time and less than half thought drinking alcohol increased breast cancer risk.

Speaking at a Pink Ribbon breakfast in Sydney, Cancer Australia CEO Professor Helen