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British women are falling out of the breast check habit

A recent survey conducted on behalf of the Breast Cancer Now charity brought the alarming news that a mere 48% of British women regularly check their breasts for signs of cancer at least once a month – and almost one in ten had never checked their breasts at all. That means that an estimated 10.5 […]

Your first mammogram: what to expect

A mammogram is an extremely routine procedure that is offered to all women aged between 50 and 70 every three years in the UK. You haven’t been singled out for one because your GP is worried that you may have breast cancer – it’s because you’re one of the 2.5 million plus women in the […]

New to the UK: 3D mammography

We all know the benefits of breast screening and its ability to give women the earliest indication possible of cancerous changes in the breast and give them the best possible chance at beating it. So the introduction of 3D mammography to the UK in recent years has been a huge development in breast screening. Finally, […]

Fertility and breast cancer – a new link discovered

An American research team has conducted a study of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) – which indicates the size of a woman’s ovarian reserve – and have concluded that women with high levels of it can be up to 60%  more likely to develop breast cancer, compared to women with low levels of the hormone. The hormone […]

New research points the way to earlier breast cancer detection

Another month, another vital discovery in the fight against cancer: a collaboration between the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, the Baylor College of Medicine Waco, Texas and Canada’s University of British Columbia has detected a link between certain DNA mutations and a high risk of relapse in oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer, […]

Breast cancer terminology: is it time to stop the fight?

We all know the language that gets used about cancer. It’s an ‘enemy’. We ‘fight’ it. Hopefully we can ‘defeat’ it and become a ‘survivor’. And those who don’t ‘lose their battle’. A lot of people are happy to use this language – or at least don’t question the logic of it – but a […]

More fruit and veg may reduce the risk of breast cancer

The Five-A-Day campaign is probably the most well-known of our government’s health campaigns so, in that respect, the most successful. However, since its introduction in 2003, we’re still only eating only three and a half portions of fruit and vegetables a day on average. But, now there’s even more reason to up your fruit and […]

FAQ: Chemotherapy and hair loss

You might not be aware of the importance of your hair to your self image and state of mind until you face the prospect of losing it and, in fact, both men and women note that hair loss is one of the side effects that they worry about most when they are diagnosed with cancer. […]

Breast cancer screening: the pros and cons

Breast cancer screening aims to identify signs that breast cancer is developing, spotting breast cancers early when they are often too small to see or feel but are usually easier to treat. One in eight women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life and the UK breast […]