Breast prac­tice

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When it comes to breast can­cer, there’s a wealth of in­for­ma­tion and it can be over­whelm­ing. Can the ra­di­a­tion used in mam­mo­grams ac­tu­ally cause can­cer and is that ter­ri­fy­ing statis­tic claim­ing that one in eight women will be di­ag­nosed with it ac­tu­ally true?

It’s hard to sort the facts from the fic­tion, which is why we at Fri­day de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate the myths sur­round­ing breast can­cer. Read our find­ings on page 90 – they are fas­ci­nat­ing and there is some good news be­hind the scare­mon­ger­ing head­lines. More women than ever be­fore are sur­viv­ing breast can­cer – eight out of 10 now com­pared to five out of 10 in the 1970s. In fact, breast can­cer is one of the most cur­able of life-threat­en­ing can­cers if it is de­tected and treated early. That means it is vi­tal to know if you are at risk and to go for reg­u­lar tests and check your­self at the same time ev­ery month.

I’ve nick­named it breast prac­tice – the pun on best prac­tice might not be very witty, but it could save my life.

Let me know what you think of the is­sue. Un­til next week,

Karen Pasquali Jones



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