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British breast cancer rates higher than Africa

Breast cancer rates are more than four times higher in the UK than in Eastern Africa, figures have revealed today.

Some 87.9 per 100,000 British women were diagnosed in 2008, compared to 19.3 women per 100,000 in Eastern Africa. The statistics come from the World Health Organisation's database of disease prevalence.

Eastern Africa includes countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) said some of the difference is because British doctors are better at diagnosing and recording cases.

However, it warned that British lifestyles — including obesity, excessive drinking and a lack of exercise — were contributing to high rates of breast cancer at home.

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