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We want to ensure that people like Jane, below, don’t have to go through the trauma of breast cancer. And to prevent more women like her being diagnosed with this terrible disease we need to understand why they get it.
There’s growing evidence that exposure to environmental chemicals is increasing our risk of breast cancer. Yet this area of research is poorly funded and is an important part of identifying all the risk factors associated with breast cancer.
So, this year’s Christmas appeal will fund vital research to help understand the causes of breast cancer.
Jane was 41 when she felt a small lump which felt like a twiglet in her left breast.
It was only when the lump started to enlarge that the doctors took it seriously and after some tests it was revealed she had the rare form of Triple Negative breast cancer which had progressed to stage 4.
The news came as a shock to Jane and her new partner, and Jane told him she would understand if he decided he would find it difficult to continue in the relationship. He said he wanted to stay with Jane and help her through it.
Jane took ten months off work and went through a very tough time. She had a full mastectomy and the majority of the lymph nodes on her left hand side were removed to stop the cancer in its tracks. There were complications as a result of the surgery and when the chemotherapy and radiotherapy kicked in she suffered further setbacks with excruciating joint pain and other side effects.
Throughout all of this her new partner and her grown up daughter gave her the full support she needed. Jane has been in remission since 2008, and married her partner in 2014.
Jane is now clear of cancer but others are not so lucky. In order to prevent more people being diagnosed and having to go through the trauma of diagnosis and treatment we need your support to fund vital research to help understand the causes of breast cancer.
Currently we are funding the following projects:
A donation of just £10 can help us reach out to new mums with educational information and guidance on how they can protect the future health of their children.
A donation of £25 can help provide a Breast Cancer Prevention kit to help our Ambassadors deliver talks, providing healthy lifestyle advice and practical tips that can help people reduce their risk of breast cancer.
Your donation of £100 can help train one of our PhD students, who work on vital research which aims to understand the causes of breast cancer and identify risk factors.
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