Personalised prevention in breast cancer – the policy landscape


Personalised prevention in breast cancer: the policy landscape sets out the results of PHG Foundation research and analysis of the discourse around personalised breast cancer prevention within public health and policy.

The research forms an early part of our work for the multicentre European Commission project, Breast Cancer Stratification: understanding the determinants of risk and prognosis of molecular subtypes (B-CAST), the overall aim of which is to gain a better understanding of the environmental and biological factors that influence breast cancer development and prognosis. As part of the B-CAST consortium the PHG Foundation has responsibility for Work Package (WP) 8: Capacity development for personalised breast cancer prevention and early detection, the aim of which is to promote the development and integration of personalised breast cancer prevention within national public health programmes.

In the report we focus on primary prevention and secondary prevention programmes i.e. prevention of disease development (through health promotion) and early detection (screening). We examine policy and prevention activities at an international level wherever possible, with specific emphasis on three countries - United Kingdom, Netherlands and Australia - as case studies. Although the focus is on breast cancer, it was viewed within the wider context of prevention activities for other chronic disease. 

The report Personalised prevention in breast cancer: the policy landscape is free to download.

By Sowmiya Moorthie, Louise Gaynor, Hilary Burton, Alison Hall, Mark Kroese, Sobia Raza

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