Mary Pegington – Research Dietician at The University of Manchester.
LIVE streaming at YouTube
18:30 (UK time), 22 June 2021.
In this session Mary will discuss the current rates of breast cancer in the UK and what we know about the many different things that can increase risk of developing breast cancer. Mary will focus on the main lifestyle risk factors that she deals with in her research: weight, alcohol, exercise and smoking, and will talk about how her group’s research is involving young women who are at increased risk of developing the disease in designing an intervention to engage them in healthy living, to reduce their future risk.
About the Speaker:
Mary Pegington did her first degree in Microbiology at The University of Nottingham before realising she liked talking about food too much and trained to be a dietitian in Leeds. Since 2006 she has worked at The University of Manchester on many different research studies looking at the links between diet, lifestyle and breast cancer. She’s passionate about encouraging healthy lifestyles to reduce the chance of developing diseases.
Take home facts:
- Around a quarter of breast cancer cases could be prevented through changes to lifestyle
- The most common time for weight gain in women is under the age of 35 years
- We need to find ways of engaging young women with healthy lifestyles to prevent weight gain and reduce their risk of developing breast cancer