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The ActWELL study

A study about lowering breast cancer risk through weight loss and lifestyle changes in women aged 50 years and older in Scotland

Background

Current evidence suggests that breast cancer risk can be decreased by about 30% through lifestyle choices.

The most important factors are managing body weight through decreasing calories from food and drink and being physically active. However, it can be difficult to make changes to everyday life and sometimes a little support is needed.

Coming soon – Results of the ActWELL study

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Publications about the ActWELL study

Follow this link for a list of all ActWELL publications: https://actwellstudy.org/actwell-publications/

Testimonials

What people involved in the study say

“My lifestyle coach was the most important part for me without her help and support I wouldn’t have done half as well.”

ActWELL participant (ID4)

“Truly it’s been wonderful, I can’t believe I’ve been given this opportunity….. I’m so grateful to you all…”

ActWELL participant (ID6)

“I was glad I was able to facilitate, I suppose, and to be there and to listen. Yes so I just thought that it was, I suppose, a privilege really to be there and that they were talking to me to be honest. So that’s probably the impact on me, it was more of a privilege to be able to help and to be in that position to be able to be, that they were able to feel they were able to talk to me about it.”

ActWELL BCN Lifestyle Coach (Coach D)

Videos

What people involved in the study say

Contact:

If you have any questions or want to know more about ActWELL, please contact the ActWELL study Chief Investigator, Professor Annie Anderson

Acknowledgements

The study team would like to acknowledge the contribution made by study participants, BCN Coaching Volunteers, Breast Cancer screening staff and local leisure centres.

Study registration

The study is registered on the ISRCTN registration page for clinical trials with registration number ISRCTN11057518 (Link: https://doi.org/10.1186/ISRCTN11057518).

The study team and funder

The study was carried out by the Universities of Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and NHS Tayside in collaboration with Breast Cancer Now. The study was funded by the Scottish Government.