24 October 2018

Responding to a Danish study revealing statins could lower risk of breast cancer in the opposite breast, Grete Brauten-Smith, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“Women calling our Helpline after a breast cancer diagnosis often want to do everything they can to reduce their risk of a new cancer, and this intriguing study shows statins could play a part.

“However, we know many simply cannot tolerate the debilitating side effects statins bring, which can include joint pain and nausea, so if this eventually becomes NHS practice, it is vital women are given enough information and support to make the right choice for them. Anyone with questions can call Breast Cancer Care’s expert nurses on 0808 800 6000.”

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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

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