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In the news: 99 year old undergoes breast surgery, naked TV stars and cancer specialists pay dispute

Thursday, 1 September, 2011 - 09:39

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, she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Full story and pictures appear in the Mirror, the Daily Mail and BBC Online.

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The Only Way is Essex stars Maria Fowler and Lauren Goodger have posed naked in this week's Closer magazine to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer Care. Maria's mum was diagnosed with grade three breast cancer in 2005 and the experience of her treatment and recovery prompted the photo shoot.

You can see the slightly risque photos on the Sun's website, on AOL's celebrity news pages or in Closer magazine.

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Tracy Rafferty, who will appear on the catwalk in our Glasgow Fashion Show later this month, has shared her experience of breast cancer with the Sunday Mail. Following her diagnosis just days before her 40th birthday she describes waking up on Christmas Day to find that her hair had started to fall out following chemotherapy.

The Sunday Mail's website has the full story.You can discuss your experience of hair loss on our forum or find out our services for younger women living with breast cancer on our website.

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A story in the Daily Mail reported that pay to senior communications advisers and consultants in Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities across England is sometimes higher than that received by senior cancer specialists. Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority's director of national cancer screening was paid more than £20,000 less than their director of Communications and Public Relations.

Read the full story on the Daily Mail website.

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Research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine claims that the benefits of the NHS Breast Screening Programme are being overstated. The article, from the independent Nordic Cochrane Centre, suggests that increased screening may to a harmful number of over-diagnoses. The story is in various papers and can be found on the Independent website.


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