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Should Dairy Carry A Health Warning In Relation To Breast Cancer?

Embargoed until 18.00 Monday 15th March 2004

16th March 2004

At it's keynote lecture from 11.30am - 1pm at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J OBG on 16th March 2004, the UK's leading holistic cancer care charity the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, will call for greater understanding of the link between nutrition and cancer.

Specifically the charity will call for the Secretary of State for Health to promote a greater understanding of the link between nutrition and cancer through:-

  • Access to good quality information on nutrition for people affected by cancer following a diagnosis;
  • More research into the role of nutrition following a cancer diagnosis;
  • Improved access to training for healthcare professionals on the role of nutrition in cancer care

Press Call: 1.15pm - 1.45pm, Lecture Theatre, Geological Society with

  • Professor Jane Plant, CBE eminent scientist and author of the best-selling Your Life in Your Hands who will deliver the lecture,
  • Helen Cooke, MA, RGN, Director of Therapy , and Jane Sen food writer and Head Chef, Bristol Cancer Help Centre
  • Women with breast cancer who have changed their diet after diagnosis

Professor Jane Plant CBE has herself had five episodes of breast cancer, and used her scientific background to investigate, and review existing research around, the links between diet and cancer. In the lecture she will highlight her findings regarding potential links between dairy consumption and hormone-dependent cancers (specifically breast and prostate), and discuss the role nutrition plays in cancer prevention and management.

The Bristol Cancer Help Centre's own nutritional guidelines are requested by 55% of the thousands of people affected by cancer who contact the charity's National Helpline team for information and support. At the lecture Ms Helen Cooke RGN, MA, the Centre's Director of Therapy, will call for a proper debate on the subject of diet and cancer so that people with cancer can be better informed about the choices they have when it comes to nutrition following a diagnosis.

Ms. Kate Adie OBE will chair a discussion following Professor Plant's presentation to which the invited audience of influential experts in the fields of cancer care, nutrition, healthcare and health policy and people affected by cancer will contribute.

Confirmed attendees include: cancer managers and experts including Professor Karol Sikora, adviser to the World Health Organisation Cancer Programme, nutrition experts including Patrick Holford, leading health professionals from around the UK, consultant oncologists, Dr. Caroline Seddon Head of Science at the BMA, and Ms. Hilary De Lyon Chief Executive of the Royal College of GPs, as well as women with experience of breast cancer, support group representatives and cancer charity chief executives.


For more information, please contact Clare Benjamin, Bristol Cancer Help Centre on tel: 0117 9515 office hours/ mob: 07800 634309 email: cbenjamin@bristolcancerhelp.org

High resolution photographs are available to the media free of charge at:

Tel. 020 7608 1000

Notes to editors

  1. The Penny Brohn Memorial Lecture was established in 2002 in memory of the co-founder of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre and is a tribute to Penny's questioning spirit. The Lecture is a forum for debating current and emerging issues in cancer care that may be neglected by mainstream discussion and research. It is an important opportunity for speakers to explore ways in which people with cancer can regain some measure of control over their health and wellbeing the pursuit of which was Penny's passion.
  2. The Bristol Cancer Help Centre was founded in 1980 by the late Penny Brohn a woman living with cancer, and her great friend Pat Pilkington MBE to support people living with cancer and those close to them.
  3. It is the UK's leading holistic cancer charity that has pioneered and specialises in the world famous Bristol Approach to cancer care that provides a unique range of physical, emotional and spiritual support to help people to deal with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings.
  4. The charity offers information and support through Bristol Approach two day and Bristol Retreat five day residential courses at the Centre providing people affected by cancer with a unique programme combining complementary therapies, self-help techniques, practical advice on nutrition, and emotional support. A range of follow up courses are also available.
  5. The charity's Cancerpoint service enables people affected by cancer in the Bristol area, Somerset and Wiltshire to access individual appointments with the Centre's therapy team.
  6. The Bristol Approach works hand in hand with conventional medical treatment, and has been developed and is delivered by the charity's experienced multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and complementary therapists.
  7. The charity also works to integrate a holistic approach into mainstream cancer services, and to develop good practice in the field of complementary cancer care, with over 500 training places a year for health professionals and complementary therapists a year, in using the Bristol Approach in their work to support people with cancer.
  8. For information and support contact the Bristol Cancer Help Centre National Telephone Helpline on 0845 123 23 10 email helpline@bristolcancerhelp.org or log onto www.bristolcancerhelp.org.

"It has been a great satisfaction to me to see how strongly the approach pioneered at Bristol has influenced the development and improvement of cancer services all over Britain."

HRH The Prince of Wales

Patron of the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.