Creating a better life for victims

What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is common, and everyone is at some degree of risk. However, the earlier the cancer is detected, the better the chance of curative treatment. You are well-advised to be aware of your breasts, and check them over each month. If there is any cause for concern, you should see […]

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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

At the menopause, a woman’s natural production of the female hormone, oestrogen, diminishes, and she may experience the uncomfortable effects of flushes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. Many women are prescribed Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to relieve these symptoms. The effect on the breast may protect the normal contours against the shrinkage often associated with […]

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The Contraceptive Pill

Millions of women have benefited from the effective contraception offered by the Pill over the last 30 years. There has always been concern as to whether giving a woman artificial hormones has a damaging effect on her health. Recently, a major international study examined evidence to see if there is any increase in risk of […]

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Advice for higher risk women

In general, women who are at increased risk are advised to check their own breasts regularly in the week after each period, and report any changes. From the age of 50, they will be offered NHS mammography. There is controversy about whether younger women in a higher risk group should also have mammography. The breast […]

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Family history

Because breast cancer is so common, many families will have one or more members who have suffered from it. This only significantly increases the risk of developing the disease if it arose in a first degree relative – mother, sister or daughter and depends on age at diagnosis. Cancer family clinics exist where a woman […]

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