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Breast awareness/breast screening
The NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme offers breast screening (mammography) every 3 years to women in the UK aged 50–71 years for the detection of breast cancer. Women in their mid-20s and onward are encouraged to be ‘breast aware’; women should get to know how their breasts normally look and feel, so that they can spot any changes that could be signs of breast cancer. They should:
What to look for
The most common cancer in the UK (15% of all newly diagnosed cancers): 1 in 8 women in the UK develop cancer in their lifetime. The main treatments for breast cancer include:
Targeted cancer drugs +/- chemotherapy may be offered before surgery for women who have HER2-positive cancer cells and locally advanced or inflammatory breast cancer, or breast cancer with a high risk of recurrence.
Patients should see a breast cancer nurse specialist, but may appreciate additional support with treatment side-effects and advice on post-mastectomy rehabilitation, e.g. breast prostheses, breast reconstruction.