Breast Cancer Prevention – READ THIS GIRLS!

To support national education during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, I would like to share my recent experience to make you aware of breast cancer prevention. I have done lots of research and then gathered the best information pages online for you to check. Twenty years ago breast cancer was considered incurable but these days, doctors believe that if caught at the initial stages, breast cancer is curable even 90% of the cases with less aggressive treatments. But the best weapon to fight against breast cancer is still PREVENTION.

A year ago I decided to do some research about breast cancer prevention and I went for a Thermo-Scan here in London (I was recommended it by a private clinic) to try it on my skin. The result of my scan was ‘worrying’ according to the test so I decided to go to Italy (where I come from) and take proper tests including a mammogram and ultrasound plus a breast specialist’s check. I was really scared of the potential outcome …. I don’t need to tell all that came to my mind…. I did pay the equivalent of £160 for a private test (it was a paid for visit and all tests included only because i wanted to do it immediately. These tests are all FREE for women of any age). This was worth every penny. Nothing was found wrong with me and the Italian doctor told me NOT to go for a Thermo-Scan again as this technology is totally useless and in Italy it was abandoned 20 years ago due to its inaccuracy in detecting breast cancer.

PLEASE BEWARE of those businesses out there offering these tests in the UK! My Italian breast doctor suggested that women in her 40s get checked regularly as it is between 40 and 50 that breast cancer could be dangerous if not detected early.

Here below is a check list of useful links:

All about Breast Cancer

Easy prevention tips:

Diet and Lifestyle

25 out of every 100 cancer cases (25%) may be prevented by changing our diets. Research suggests that between 15% and 35% of cancers may be preventable by changing diet.

Check this

Self assessment

Breast Cancer Screening Programme – What does the NHS Breast Screening Programme do?

The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every three years for all women in the UK aged 50 and over. Around one-and-a-half million women are screened in the UK each year. The NHS Breast Screening Programme is phasing in an extension of the age range of women eligible for breast screening to those aged 47 to 73 starting in 2010. This is expected to be complete by 2016.

Voluntary Screening

The NHS screening does not cover all ages to keep the costs down. Breast cancer relates to 30% of women between 35 and 49 years old not covered by the official screening programme.

Although I have no familiarity with breast cancer neither other problems, my Italian doctor, one of the best specialists in Europe, recommended simply as a prevention measure to get the breasts checked every 12-18 months with a mammogram integrated with a breast scan.

Why are women under 50 not routinely invited for breast screening?

Women under 50 are not currently offered routine screening. Research has shown that routine screening in the 40 to 50 age group is less effective. As a woman goes through the menopause the glandular tissue in her breast “involutes”, that is to say, the proportion of fat in her breast increases. This makes the mammogram easier to interpret. However the DMIST study has shown that digital mammography is better for screening younger women and women with denser breasts, and is equally effective as film mammography in older women. So the programme is now being gradually extended to women aged 47 to 49, as well as to those aged 71 to 73.

The age extension of the programme is expected to be complete by 2016. It is important to note that women of any age can ask their GP to refer them to a hospital breast clinic if they are concerned about a specific breast problem or otherwise worried about the risk of breast cancer. Although this is not part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme, the same techniques are used in both breast screening units and hospital breast clinics for diagnosing breast cancer and many staff work in both settings.

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