Monday, March 28, 2011

Comprehensive new guide for people with family history of Breast Cancer

Breakthrough Breast Cancer has launched a guide for people with an increased risk of developing breast cancer due to their family history.
The guide providesinformation on national standards for services and care for people who have a suspected or confirmed family history of breast cancer, in one single, accessible place. It combines expert advice from professionals as well as experiences from women with a family history of breast cancer. It allows both men and women to have a wider understanding of their risk of familial breast cancer and help them navigate the NHS services available to them.
A family history of breast cancer means having an unusually high number of close relatives with the disease or some other form of cancer, such as ovarian. Of the nearly 48,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, about one in five has a family history of the disease. Having a family history of breast cancer means that you may be more likely to develop the disease, and at a younger age, compared with the general population.
About 1 in 20 breast cancers are associated with inherited faults in breast cancer genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2.
You can read the guide on

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