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Yesterday Sky News sports presenter Jacquie Beltrao swapped the newsdesk for Wembley Stadium and met Breast Cancer Care service users, Jill Padayachee and Doug Harper, as The Football Association launched its official charity partnership with Breast Cancer Care for 2014-16.

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There’s been media coverage today (Thursday 28 August) of research that suggests many people with cancer who are clinically depressed aren't getting the treatment they need.*

Meanwhile another recent study has highlighted that more than 9% of...

NHS England has announced (Thursday 28 August) that the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) is to get an additional £160 million in funding over the next two years.

Who this helps

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'We'd like to thank everyone who’s donated to Breast Cancer Care as part of the #nomakeupselfie trend. This will raise funds to help us provide essential support including our freephone Helpline and face-to-face services,' said Andy Harris, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Breast...

Carol Jackson in EastEnders, played by Lindsey Coulson, has found out this evening that she has a faulty BRCA gene, increasing her risk of cancer.

Around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year. In around 5% of cases it’s because of inheriting an altered gene....

Voyagers Luke Birch, 21, from Lincolnshire and Jamie Sparks, 22, from London last week (Monday 27 January) became the youngest pair to row the Atlantic Ocean. And they did it while raising over £300,000 for Breast Cancer Care, making them our biggest ever individual fundraisers.

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A new storyline in Eastenders has begun, focusing on much-loved character Carol Jackson, played by Lindsey Coulson, and a breast cancer scare.

Last week, Carol was shown feeling her breasts for an unusual change and tonight sees her go through the process of reporting this change to...

Five pence from every pack sold of Smint's new fruity and refreshing strawberry flavour is coming to us from Smint’s parent company Perfetti Van Melle.

The money will go towards ensuring we're able to provide the vital information and support...

Jackie Harris, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Breast Cancer Care, said:

'This proposed new guidance is very good news for people with hereditary breast cancer and a family history of breast cancer that greatly increases the risk of getting the disease.
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Older cancer patients are still not getting the standards of care they need and deserve, research suggests.

Nearly half of the 155 healthcare professionals responding to a Macmillan Cancer Support/ICM online survey say stereotypes and assumptions about older people mean some are not...

One of the reasons we're such big fans of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is that in October we’re famous (sort of).

There is so much attention from magazines and newspapers that we've had a hard time summarising it all. But the point is, it helps us to let thousands of people hear the...

Lights, cameras, The Show!

The Breast Cancer Care offices are full of racks of clothes, celebrity agents are ringing in and stories popping up in the news around the country. It can only mean one thing, The Show is here...

Our Chief Executive Samia al Qahdi blogs on the Huffington Post and explains why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important, its origins and she mentions...

Here are a few stories that caught our eye this week...

Julien Macdonald has designed a new Bag for Life, as reported by ...

What the papers say...

The Scotsman reports on how the NHS screening programme is set to change. Dr Emma Pennery, our...

Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week.

A day in the life

Wonder what a day is like here at Breast Cancer Care? Clinical Director Emma Pennery shares hers with the ...

The Daily Record continues with stories from our Glasgow fashion show models, explaining Shenagh Davidson is...

If all the recent action in the velodrome has made you want to get back in the saddle, ITV News was among the websites to pick up the story of London 2012's first legacy...

This week we're delighted about Breast Cancer Care's new e-book collection. Like all our patient information, our e-books are free, and they're easy to download to your e-reader. You may have noticed our blog announcement earlier this week, and you can also read all about it in ...

This article from the Guardian looks at the risk factors associated with breast cancer, and attempts to summarise what you can do to lower your risk, as well as acknowledging that the...

Farhana Alam talks to the Daily Record about her diagnosis and hair loss during treatment. As a Muslim woman who has always worn...

We’re delighted that ‘Rihanna’ and ‘Katy Perry’ were spotted enjoying a Strawberry Tea. The photographs of our look-a-like pair were snapped by photographer Alison Jackson, who is famous for her imitation shots. If you’d like to see more,...

This week was National Cervical Screening Awareness Week. After reality TV star Jade Goody died, aged 29, from cervical cancer, the number of women attending cervical smear tests increased dramatically. This article in the...

The Telegraph was among many of the papers to report a new drug, T-DM1, which may be able to ‘stall’ cancer for three months, with fewer side effects than current...

Risk is a hot topic in the media, and every week there are new stories about how to decrease your risk of cancer and other diseases. A story in the Telegraph...

In a moving piece in The Mirror, Kristen Hellenga talks about how blogging about her diagnosis led to her meeting a lot of interesting people who have helped her cope emotionally...

Breast Cancer Care supporter and forum user Lori Ramsay spoke to The Sun about how her...

A £2,500 breast enlargement treatment that involves injecting Macrolane gel into a woman’s breasts has been withdrawn by manufacturers. It has been taken off the market after several studies found that a significant number of women developed lumps or swelling after the procedure. The story was...

Breast cancer experts at a major conference this week have revealed a number of exciting research findings, many of which have been reported in the media.

The 8th European Breast Cancer Conference of the European Cancer Organisation in Vienna heard that new reserach...

Jenny Fairclough, a HeadStrong volunteer at the Royal Preston Hospital, spoke to the Lancashire Evening Post about her experience of living with breast cancer and losing her hair because of chemotherapy...

Last night Cardiff City Hall played host to Breast Cancer Care’s Cardiff fashion show. The event saw 19 courageous women (and one very brave man) take to the catwalk, each with one thing in common – a diagnosis of breast cancer.

The champagne was flowing as guests mingled with one another...

An article from the Sunday Mirror claims the Government is choosing to delay the approval of new cancer drugs in a bid to save money, even although prices have fallen by 5%. The head of Britain’...

Media volunteer and fashion show model Alison Collie was on Woman’s Hour on Wednesday. She was discussing her experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer when she was pregnant and what treatment she was offered. You can listen to Alison again on...

Leanne and Rowena, two women who are taking part in the Breast Cancer Care Cardiff fashion show, feature in the ...

Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer wrote a joint letter to The Sun voicing concerns that an article about the recent study into parabens suggests a connection to breast cancer. Our Clinical Director Dr Emma Pennery also recorded a video statement...

The expert committee set up to investigate the risks of PIP breast implants announced on Friday that it has found no reason for the implants to be removed routinely. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said that women who received PIP implants on the NHS after surgery for breast cancer can have...

Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of news about the implants produced by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP). The story started in December when the French government advised women with these implants to have them removed. This was as a preventive measure because of...

The Saundersfoot New Year’s Day Swim is an event that continues to grow year after year with more than 1,300 people taking part in 2011.

A number of charities benefit from the swim and Breast Cancer Care has received more than £6,000 in the last five years.

Sheila Ralph, a Breast...

Commenting on concerns about defective breast implants made from industrial silicone by French company Poly Implant Perothese (PIP), Tara Beaumont, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care said:

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Two Breast Cancer Care service users, Pauline Poller and Mandy MacFarlane, spoke to The Sun about their experience of living with secondary breast cancer. They talk about...

In the Money section of the Guardian website this weekend was an article about Jackie Lyons, a Breast Care Nurse who works at the University College Hospital in central London.

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A study carried out by the University of Southampton and Breast Cancer Care suggests that more than a third (34%) of women with secondary breast cancer are living with uncontrolled symptoms. These symptoms include shortness of breath and nausea. Forty four per cent of women whose cancer had...

Alison Leary, who has had diagnoses of both primary and secondary breast cancer, spoke to Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday morning....

BBC Radio Newcastle interviewed one of our volunteers, Maureen Bain, on its Breakfast show this morning. The interview highlighted a...

Research has claimed that taking the statin simvastatin could reduce the risk of breast cancer returning. The study was carried out in Denmark on women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and were prescribed simvastatin for other health reasons. It was found that there was a 10% decrease...

We are delighted to announce that mum and daughter duo from The Only Way is Essex, Lydia Rose Bright and Debbie Douglas will be showing their support for Breast Cancer Care at Westfield Stratford City’s Pink Friday today....

The NHS breast screening programme is to be reviewed by an independent panel following concerns over its usefulness. Some healthcare professionals and scientists have commented on the programme, arguing that it leads to over-diagnosis and treatment in many women. This follows the release of a...

On Monday talk show host and Breast Cancer Care supporter Trisha Goddard spoke to the Daily Express about her experience of breast cancer and living with lymphoedema. The...

There have been several clinical stories in the news this week. Firstly the Daily Mail and the ...

We are excited to announce that Westfield Stratford City is holding a massive Pink Friday for us on Friday 28 October. It’s even more special since Breast Cancer Care has been...

During October calls to our Helpline rise by around 30%. Many of these callers have seen coverage in the press and want to know more about how to be breast aware...

Breast Cancer Care Trustee Francesca Pattison was the subject of a full-page feature interview in The Times on Saturday talking about living with secondary breast cancer and how she is living her life with the diagnosis.

One of our volunteers, Christina Quilter, was...

As the health bill entered the House of Lords at the beginning of this week for debate The Independent had two articles about it on Tuesday and Wednesday. On...

Today is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and we’re marking it by holding two campaigning events at the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh and the...

Thursday 13 October is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and this morning, ahead of the event, we launched a new booklet for people living with a...

Bernie Nolan starred in the media this weekend after her appearance at the Breast Cancer Care Show on Wednesday, alongside her sister Linda. A picture of Bernie led an article on the ...

We start with a round-up of the stories of the models who are taking part in the Breast Cancer Care fashion shows:

In the...

We start our round-up with an emotional diary published in the Daily Mail, written by the mother of a breast cancer patient.

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Responding to the Lancet Oncology Commission’s Delivering affordable cancer care in high-income countries, Tara Beaumont, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Metastatic Breast Cancer at Breast Cancer Care said:

'We understand that the...

We reported on the Hardest Hit march earlier this year, a protest that brought together thousands of disabled people, their families and other campaign supporters to try and stop proposed cuts to benefit payments.

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A research study has shown that giving radiotherapy between or during chemotherapy treatment to patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer could reduce the risk of cancer returning.

The study, which was funded by Cancer Research UK, found that treating breast cancer in this way, known...

If so, the Government is planning to limit the amount of time people can claim contributory Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) to just 12 months from April 2012.

Breast Cancer Care is campaigning to scrap this arbitrary time limit that we feel...

'Does breast cancer screening do more harm than good?' asked the Daily Mail this week, in a lengthy article featuring views from healthcare professionals and...

We are pleased to announce that our Men with breast cancer publication has been completely updated and is now...

There's been plenty of coverage of some of the stars of our fashion shows this week. Former Loose Women presenter and long time Breast Cancer Care supporter Zoe Tyler discussed her...

At 99 years of age, retired hairdresser Dorothy Affleck has become one of the oldest known women to undergo breast surgery. Dorothy's medical team decided the great-grandmother was still physically fit enough for the procedure and she had a lump removed from her breast last summer. This year,...

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is conducting a survey to collect information on what patients and the public think of the way their current guidance is presented. They have distributed a short...

BBC Online today ran a feature on Breast Cancer Care supporter, John Killingworth, who is hoping to raise a fantastic £50,000 for us by taking on the Antarctic.

John, 40, will be competing in...

This weekend in the news -

Mourad Wafa, one of the male models at our first Cardiff show fashion back in 2009 told...

You may be aware that August is Festival time in Edinburgh and the city is taken over by all manner of entertainment including plays, comedians, dance, song – you name it and it is happening. The Breast Cancer Care Glasgow team...

British women are more likely to develop cancer, according to new research published by The World Cancer Research Fund.

Compared to their European counterparts, women in this country are 17 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 75. Some experts have blamed the...

The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) has suggested in a press release issued on 1 August that the misreporting of Government statistics in the media is leading to intolerance towards disabled people.

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A study published in the British Medical Journal has claimed that breast screening programmes have had little impact on death rates from breast cancer.

However, many cancer charities and health organisations...

There are many books written by women about their experiences of breast cancer, but few are from the point of view of a healthcare professional undergoing treatment for cancer.

The Psychological Impact of Breast Cancer: A Psychologist's Insight as a Patient is a detailed account...

Newspaper readers this morning will have seen a story that claimed that tall people are more at risk of developing cancer.

The reports were prompted by nine-year study of 97,000 women from the UK, the results of which were published in...

The Department of Health’s Innovation, Excellence and Service Development Fund has awarded Breast Cancer Care and Bowel Cancer UK £91,500 to establish a groundbreaking programme of breast and bowel cancer awareness training courses across the UK.

Earlier detection of both breast and bowel...

As cancer treatments have improved drastically over the past century, baseless claims of cures...

We start our news round up with today's Independent, which features an article written by journalist Gaby Koppel.

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Followers of the Breast Cancer Care twitter account (@BCCare) have this week been watching the experiences of a young woman who's been diagnosed with breast cancer aged just 21.

Katie Huttlestone was diagnosed on 24 May and...

A quirky YouTube video, which has been watched by over 600 people in its first week online, is helping to spread the breast awareness message.

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Breast cancer featured prominently in the media today (16 June) and we start with a story reported in most of the daily national newspapers.

This is the news that cancer patients could see changes to the benefit system that could leave them up to £94 worse off (...

Smint has launched a refreshing new 2 in 1 raspberry and lemon flavour variant with 5p from every pack sold going...

 We would like to say a huge thank you to our friends at Asda who’ve recently completed a cycle ride from London to Paris, raising £67,000 for...

Government Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, last night announced guaranteed funding for cancer networks in a move welcomed by cancer campaigners.

The decision came just a week after the Government announced a 'pause' in their controversial Health and Social Care Bill, which aims to...

Can religious faith cure cancer? Or should our faith be placed solely with the medical professionals?

These are some of the questions being asked this week on Channel 4's 4thought TV. The 90-second programmes, which...

Newspapers have this week been reporting that enjoying a regular cup of coffee could inadvertently be reducing your risk of one form of breast cancer. BBC News,...

Breast Cancer Care, as past of the Cancer Campaigning Group, has raised serious concerns about the future of cancer networks, which we think are vital to ensuring cancer services do not suffer though the forthcoming period of NHS reforms.

Funding for cancer networks has only been assured...

Female volunteers with a high risk of developing breast cancer are being sought to take part in a woldwide research study.

So far over 6,000 women from 15 countries have signed up to the International Breast Cancer Intervention Study-...

An estimation by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has suggested that nearly 20,000 cases of breast cancer could be prevented each year by people leading a healthier lifestyle.

The organisation has called for women to make...

Many newspapers have today reported on the discovery made at a Breakthrough Breast Cancer research centre of three more genes linked to the most common form of breast cancer.

The discovery could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating oestrogen receptor positive breast cancer,...

Due to the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend, our  Helpline and Ask the Nurse email service will be operating under revised opening hours. Take a look below to...

Before we end another week, let's take a look at what's been making the headlines this week...


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Research published in the British Medical Journal and co-funded by Cancer Research UK has concluded that at least 13,000 cases of cancer in the UK are caused by alcohol consumption.

Of these, 2,500 cases of breast cancer in the UK...

The Government's NHS reforms continue to dominate the health agenda in the media and today David Cameron is quoted in the Telegraph, following a speech...

The Hardest Hit campaign, run by the Disability Benefits Consortium and the United Kingdom’s Disabled People's Council is holding a march on 11 May in London. Thousands of disabled people as well as family and friends will be marching to express their concerns about the...

Patients in Scotland will no longer have to pay prescription charges for prescribed medicines, after payments were abolished on Friday (April 1).

The move brings Scotland into line with policies in Northern Ireland and Wales and leaves England as the only...

Newspapers have today been reporting on research that suggests taking tamoxifen may reduce the risk of breast cancer in people with dense breast tissue.

The BBC News website and...

Breast Cancer Care, along with 29 other cancer charities, has written an open letter to the secretary of state for work and pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, to urge him to reconsider his welfare reform plans that...

Have you had treatment for primary breast cancer?

We’ve produced a new resource pack to help people move forward from treatment with confidence. To help promote the pack, we’re...

Coronation Street's Sally Dynevor, who dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis at the same time as her on-screen character Sally Webster, has now finished treatment.

Sally told the Mirror newspaper 'The wig is off! I have put it away in a cupboard and I...

Judith Potts opens this week's news round up, with an supportive article she wrote for the Telegraph about our recent secondary breast cancer campaign success....

On 27 January, the Policy and Campaigns team held the second in a new series of events that brings together people working in health policy with people affected by breast cancer to discuss key breast cancer issues.

Breast cancer and low-income households: In Perspective focussed on the...

Following last week's announcement that the lifetime risk of a woman developing breast cancer has risen to one in eight, the media have been running a lot of stories related to the news - here's a quick midweek catch up.

We start with...

Welcome to a new week and we start with a quick round up of the latest breast cancer news and what's been making the headlines over the weekend.

By far the biggest news of the last week has been the new figures from Cancer Research UK, which continued to dominate health news in most media...

Today saw the publication of the Department of Health (DH) cancer strategy, Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer.

Thanks to the dedication of the Secondary...

The latest version of our quarterly newsletter, featuring all the latest...

Data from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that the UK has the fifth highest cancer death rate in Europe.

The department's Social Trends report, published this week, indicated that breast cancer is the most common form of female cancer in the UK.

However, death...

One in every four cancer diagnoses in England are discovered late when people enter hospitals as emergency patients, according to figures from the National Cancer Intelligence Network

The statistics were revealed after the organisation looked closely at the details of when patients...

QVC raised £407,000 for Breast Cancer Care on Wednesday as part of it's 'Be Aware, Show You Care' campaign.

The programme, which was broadcast for three hours between 7pm and 10pm, featured a celebrity auction, beautiful jewellery and handbags and showed videos about the...