Early Detection & Screening

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This page explains more about Prevent Breast Cancer‘s early detection and screening research projects. If you would like to donate directly to this research pillar to help fund this area of our work, please click here and choose ‘Early Detection and Screening’ as the project.

 

Screening is essential to ensure that breast cancer is caught as early as possible and that people are provided with the treatment that is right for them. Until we can completely prevent the disease through gene research, preventative drugs and diet and lifestyle, we will continue to undertake high-quality research into improving the screening process for breast cancer.

 

Prevent Breast Cancer’s researchers are working on two key research projects in this area:

  • PROCAS 2 – standing for ‘Prediction of Cancer at Screening’, we hope this project will change screening process for breast cancer within the NHS. We hope that this work will pave the way to offering women their own personalised risk scores for developing the disease based on various components such as genes, lifestyle factors (e.g. diet and alcohol consumption), breast density (see below) and more.

 

  • Molecular Basis of Breast Density – mammographic density, often known as breast density, is one of the biggest predictors of whether a woman is likely to develop breast cancer. If a woman has this trait they are up to six times more likely to develop the disease than someone who does not. This project looks closely at breast tissue to find out why more genetic mutations occur in denser breasts.

 

Watch our charity’s Chairman Lester Barr explain more about this pillar of research at Prevent Breast Cancer in the video below: