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Breast Cancer UK’s primary focus is the prevention of breast cancer. Unfortunately, we do not provide clinical or pastoral support or advice or information on treatment.
We have provided a list of organisations below that do provide these services.
If you are worried about breast cancer or think you may have any symptoms of breast cancer (see below), please visit your doctor. It may be nothing, but the earlier a diagnosis is made, the more chance treatment will be successful.
Breast cancer can have a number of symptoms, but the first that is noticeable is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue.
Most breast lumps aren’t cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by your doctor. You should also see your GP if you notice any of the following:
Breast pain isn’t usually a symptom of breast cancer but if you’re concerned visit your GP. After examining your breasts, your GP may refer you to a specialist breast cancer clinic for further tests. These might include a mammogram (breast X-ray), ultrasound scan or biopsy (breast tissue sample).
Source: NHS Choices: https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cancer-of-the-breast-female/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Breast Cancer UK supports the NHS breast screening programme for early detection of breast cancer, whilst acknowledging there are benefits and harms associated with the programme.
A woman’s decision to participate in the screening programme is voluntary. We encourage women to read about the potential benefits and harms of the programme and discuss individual options with their GPs.
The main benefits of the programme are early detection of breast cancer and reduced risk of breast cancer mortality.
One of the most significant harms of the programme is overdiagnosis – finding cases of breast cancer that will never cause symptoms.
We believe the NHS should provide women who participate in the programme with their breast density measurements and general information about breast density and how it affects breast cancer risk.
Breast Cancer Now
Breast Cancer Now provides breast cancer information and support across the UK. They have specific support for partners and for younger women affected by breast cancer. They have a lot of information about mastectomy wear (including bras and swimming costumes) and also specialise in correctly fitting breast prostheses.
Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline
The Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline provides support and information to anyone concerned about hereditary breast cancer.
The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centres
Breast Cancer Haven offers free support, information, counselling and complementary therapies to anyone affected by breast cancer. They have drop-in centres in London, Hereford, Yorkshire, Wessex, Worcester, West Midlands and Cheltenham. They also offer a programme of care designed to help women with breast cancer feel better and develop a healthier lifestyle. For people who can’t get to a Haven centre, they offer the “Haven at Home” multi-media package.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support. They provide booklets on cancer and treatments, run helplines providing cancer information and benefits advice, and offer Cancer Voices service, enabling those affected by cancer to share their experiences and help shape future cancer services.
Macmillan CancerLine: 0808 808 0000
The Daisy Network
The Daisy Network provides help, support and information for women who have had early menopause.
PO Box 71432, London SW6 9HJ
Cancer Research UK
CRUK provides general information and advice on cancer and funds research into the disease.
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list. There are likely to be many local support groups and regional centres that can provide help and support, so do ask your local GP or breast clinic for further information.
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