9 November 2018

Responding to new research led by Queen Mary University of London revealing that women who have participated in mammography screening obtain a significantly greater benefit from the therapy available at the time of diagnosis than do those who have not participated, Rachel Rawson, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“This ground-breaking study firmly underscores that being diagnosed by screening means longer lives for many, many women, as treatment is more effective the sooner breast cancer is detected. So the shocking failings uncovered earlier this year in issuing invitations must not be allowed to happen again.

“A breast cancer diagnosis is incredibly traumatic, and early detection can importantly lead to treatments with fewer long-term side effects, helping many women to move forward from this devastating disease sooner and get on with their day-to-day lives.

“It is crucial every eligible woman can count on the opportunity to attend screening, and those over 70 must be informed they can request mammograms if they choose. Empowering women to make the right health choices for them with clear, balanced information should be an absolute priority.”

-ENDS-

For further information, please contact:

Georgia Tilley, Press Officer, Breast Cancer Care

020 3105 3360 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

georgia.tilley@breastcancercare.org.uk

Notes to editors

Anyone with questions can call Breast Cancer Care’s Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control. www.breastcancercare.org.uk