We are delighted to be collaborating with Breast Cancer UK to help promote their summer dog walking challenge. Cancer is something that touches everyone as we know well in our family. We have a very special family member living through cancer at the moment , and someone close who passed away in the middle of lockdown and whose funeral was so not what it should have been. 

There are things that we can all do to help make our life healthier though ! 

At Breast Cancer UK, they conduct animal free scientific research into the prevention of breast cancer. They are planning a summer dog walking challenge, called Paws for Prevention, to help raise vital funds needed to allow them to continue conducting our programme of critical animal free scientific research into the causes of breast cancer, a diseases that affects 54,700 women a year. Over 25% of breast cancer cases are preventable through simple lifestyle changes such as increasing your level of exercise. They also know that dogs need exercise too and that is why they are running this challenge.

We are asking people to take on the challenge to walk their dogs for 45 minutes a day for 45 days and raise money for breast cancer prevention, because 45 minutes of moderate exercise a day can reduce your risk of breast cancer. By walking 45 minutes a day for 45 days you will walk 100 miles!

And walking is great for all of the family too !

 We are delighted to share Breast Cancer UK’s Paws for Prevention challenge because we all know how much our furry friends love their walkies. So, grab that lead, hook on your dog – it’s time to take on the challenge – walk 45mins every day for 45 days and help raise money for vital animal free breast cancer research. To sign up or find out more visit

And as an added incentive we are offering a special voucher to spend on our Hettie website to get you and your pup looking special for the challenge. 

Follow Breast Cancer UK on social media to find out more 

Walking every day is something I have always done. It is physically good for you , but also a wonderful way to switch off and balance your mind.

The causes of breast cancer aren’t fully understood. The genes you inherit, your environment, and how you live your life all play a part in contributing to your risk of developing breast cancer. In this section you’ll find some of the most common breast cancer questions answered, including how breast cancer develops, how common it is and how your hormones play a role in determining your level of risk.

A donation of just £10 can help reach out to new mums with educational information and guidance on how they can protect the future health of their children.

Physical activity can help reduce breast cancer risk by up to 30%

It’s thought that physical activity helps lower the levels of certain circulating hormones and reduces inflammation, which can help lower the likelihood of cancer developing and progressing.

Physical activity, including structured exercise, lowers levels of hormones, such as oestrogen, androgen, insulin, leptin (a hormone associated with hunger) and certain growth factors. Increased levels of all of these have been associated with breast cancer. Being active also generally improves the capacity of the immune system to protect you from cancer.

Being active also keeps your weight under control which plays a significant role in lowering your risk and improves survival rates if you already have breast cancer. One study found as little as an hour of walking per week was beneficial, with maximum benefits found in women who did 3-5 hours per week.

Our mission is to prevent breast cancer through education, scientific research, collaboration and policy change.    

54,000 women a year in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer and a quarter of these cases are preventable through lifestyle changes. That means over 13,000 cases of breast cancer could be prevented, saving millions of lives, avoiding unnecessary suffering and reducing the cost to NHS by approximately £1.5 billion a year. 

It is raising awareness of these preventable factors which drives us. We believe our work can have significant impact in helping women reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.


We would love to see photos of you walking your dog. Tag us in them on social media #hettiewalking 

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