Breast Cancer Awareness
Over 48,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK...
For any woman, breast cancer is a frightening prospect and finding a lump can be a worrying and stressful experience.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer that affects women and around 48,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with it every year.
Angelina Jolie’s story about her double mastectomy highlights the importance of being proactive and checking the breasts regularly but a mastectomy to prevent breast cancer is not the only option available to women.
Angelina Jolie carries the BRCA1 gene and this gene is thought to considerably increase the risks of developing both breast and ovarian cancer. These genes (BRCA1 & BRCA2) can increase the risk of developing breast cancer by up to 80% and ovarian cancer by 50%.
Despite this high risk, mutated BRCA genes are only believed to account for between 3-5% of all the breast cancers that are diagnosed in the UK.
For Angelina, a mastectomy was a decision she made to reduce her risk based on her mother’s battle against cancer that resulted in her death at 56 years old.
For the majority of women, regular screening of the breasts offers a surgery free option that can pick up any changes in the breast tissue before they develop into anything more serious. Women who may carry the BRCA genes can also benefit from screening at an earlier age, or to increase the amount of times they are screened to either 12, 18 or 24 months instead of every three years.
At 3fivetwo we offer a comprehensive private breast screening service which caters for women of all ages in a relaxed atmosphere at our Lisburn Road clinic.
If you need more information, please follow the link below to our section on our pivate mammography service or call our dedicated team who will be able to give you more information.
If you require information on breast surgery, please follow this link below to the 3fivetwo webpage.
If you’d like to read more about Angelina Jolie’s story, please follow the links below.
BBC News - Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy due to cancer gene
The Guardian - Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy - Key questions answered
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