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  • Michelle: “Getting outdoors in the mountains makes me appreciate life”

    Michelle Graham was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. This year, she set herself the incredible goal of hiking all 214 of the Wainwrights, a collection of peaks in the Lake District National Park, in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer. Michelle has always loved hiking and so decided ...

    Published On: November 18th, 2021
  • Audrey Hellen: “I am going to live my life and not be dictated to by cancer.”

    Audrey Hellen has always loved long distance open water swimming, but after being diagnosed with highly invasive breast cancer in 2019, she had to put her swimming dreams on hold. However, Audrey has just completed an incredible achievement of an 11-mile one-way ...

    Published On: November 12th, 2021
  • Emma Riley: “Never did I ever imagine I would actually be diagnosed with breast cancer.”

    Emma Riley undertook a huge challenge of running 100 miles in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She recently completed this amazing achievement, whilst undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer. In this blog, Emma discusses her motivations for taking on the challenge, and ...

    Published On: October 28th, 2021
  • Sarah Durkin: ‘A wonderful day that we will never forget.’

    Finally, after months and months of delays due to the pandemic, Sarah Durkin and 5 close friends ran 26 gruelling but rewarding miles through the streets of Manchester. Raising almost £6000 between them, we couldn’t be more proud to have them on ...

    Published On: October 22nd, 2021
  • Breast Cancer Screening Services Under Strain

    In the news today, it has been revealed the UK's breast cancer screening services are under strain. Breast Cancer Now highlighted that the number of women not being screened for breast cancer ‘rose by 50 per cent’. The ongoing effects of the ...

    Published On: October 5th, 2021
  • NHS to begin world’s largest trial of blood test for more than 50 cancer types

    In the news this week we’ve heard about a new trial that will look at developing a blood test to detect cancer. Consultant Breast Surgeon and Head of our Medical Advisory Board, James Harvey, shares his thoughts: ‘It is fantastically exciting that ...

    Published On: September 14th, 2021
  • Complete the survey: Greener Operations

    Have you experienced surgery or know someone who has? Patients, carers and members of the public are invited to contribute to the “Greener Operations” James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership. ABOUT GREENER OPERATIONS The James Lind Alliance is a non-profit making initiative ...

    Published On: July 19th, 2021
  • Ian Bold: 10km every day

    What started out as Ian’s personal new year’s resolution to keep fit, rapidly turned into a more serious athletic challenge and an opportunity to raise vital funds for Prevent Breast Cancer and Speed of Sight, two very worthy charities. In this blog, ...

    Published On: July 15th, 2021
  • Charlotte Rutter: Desert trek continues Vicki Thomas’ legacy

    Charlotte Rutter, inspired by the incredible work of her close friend Vicki Thomas, will be trekking to Petra, Jordan to raise vital funds for Prevent Breast Cancer. Here are Charlotte's motivations, fears and hopes for the challenge ahead. CHARLOTTE'S STORY Breast cancer ...

    Published On: July 2nd, 2021
  • Caroline Barrett: ‘I won’t let cancer stand in my way after diagnosis at 36’

    Every year, Paul Barrett organises ‘Round the Resers’, a 5-mile running trail around Glossop’s Valehouse Resevoir. This year is particularly significant because Paul’s wife, Caroline Barrett, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. The pair, alongside colleagues, family ...

    Published On: July 1st, 2021
  • June 2021: A critical message from Lester Barr MBE

    A critical message from Lester Barr MBE, Breast Surgeon and Prevent Breast Cancer Founder. Your support by way of a monthly gift is vital if we are to protect future generations from breast cancer. Dear Valued Supporter, Over 55,100 people are diagnosed ...

    Published On: June 16th, 2021
  • Tina Smith: ‘Without an early diagnosis, it could have been very different for me’

    Tina Smith’s breast cancer diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic is an important example of how breast cancer awareness is lifesaving. Tina has shared her experience of being diagnosed during lock-down, discovering the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and setting her sights on ...

    Published On: June 7th, 2021
  • Can being heavier in childhood protect you against breast cancer?

    A recent study suggested having a higher BMI during childhood may lower your risk of developing breast cancer. We spoke to award-winning research dietitian, Dr Michelle Harvie, to explore this claim. It is a well-known fact that heavier women are at a ...

    Published On: May 20th, 2021
  • Hormones with Dr Annice Mukherjee

    The topic of our most recent Update Hour was hormones and we were lucky to be joined by the renowned Endocrinologist and author of the best-selling book ‘The Complete Guide to the Menopause’, Dr Annice Mukherjee. As well as sharing insightful knowledge and ...

    Published On: May 14th, 2021
  • Skarlette: Lingerie for flat women

    What does ‘flat women’ mean? After breast cancer surgery, also known as a mastectomy, there is a choice to have either a breast reconstruction, or to go without and remain flat. It’s a personal choice. For those that decide to remain flat, ...

    Published On: May 7th, 2021
  • Help increase funding for breast cancer surgery research

    Complete the Survey. Let us know your priorities. A survey has been launched to bring together organisations, individuals with breast cancer, carers and clinicians to identify their research priorities in the field of breast cancer surgery. We, as part of the Academic ...

    Published On: April 9th, 2021
  • Manchester University study shows early breast cancer care is largely safe and effective during pandemic

    The head of our Scientific Advisory Board, Professor Cliona Kirwan, was the co-author of this recent UK wide research. The study showed that patients with early stage breast cancer underwent care that was no less safe or effective than before the coronavirus ...

    Published On: April 6th, 2021
  • Fun ways to fundraise: Community Curry Night

    Back in 2019, Nova Mullin took on a mighty challenge and climbed Kilimanjaro in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer, raising over £4000 for our vital research. 2 years on, and Nova is back at it again, thinking of wonderful ways to fundraise ...

    Published On: March 22nd, 2021
  • Recent developments in the field of breast cancer research

    An article from The Guardian published towards the end of February described the announcement from NICE that a life-extending drug for incurable breast cancer called ribociclib has been approved for NHS use. It is said that around 3,300 women a year may ...

    Published On: March 19th, 2021
  • Is breast pain a sign of cancer?

    Sarah Harding, former singer of the group Girls Aloud, recently shared details surrounding her devastating breast cancer diagnosis aged 39 with The Times. Sarah disclosed that she had a painful lump prior to seeing a GP, which later revealed she had breast ...

    Published On: March 17th, 2021
  • Janet Higgins: ‘I am using this crisis in my life as an opportunity to inspire others’

    Janet Higgins has faced more setbacks than most, but her attitude to life is inspiring. We can all learn something from the way she sees her obstacles as opportunities. Read Janet’s blog to hear her roller coaster journey from scoliosis at thirteen ...

    Published On: March 5th, 2021
  • Pink meets green: Autac supports PBC with new EV Cable

    Autac Products Ltd has teamed up with Prevent Breast Cancer to raise funds in support of breast cancer awareness. Autac's Managing Director, David Lowe, has a personal connection to the charity, which is why they’ve specially developed a pink EV cable in ...

    Published On: February 8th, 2021
  • Can High Levels of Vitamin D Reduce your Risk of Breast Cancer? Our Researchers Have Their Say

    We were intrigued to read a recent Daily Mail article that stated, 'Women who work outdoors in the sunshine are 17% LESS likely to get breast cancer 'due to high vitamin D levels''. This claim is based on a study conducted by ...

    Published On: February 5th, 2021
  • New Study Identifies Genes Associated with Breast Cancer Risk

    On January 20th 2021, The New England Journal of Medicine published a very important paper titled “A Population-Based Study of Genes Previously Implicated in Breast Cancer”. This research, also known as the ‘CARRIERS’ study, is the result of the earlier European project, ...

    Published On: January 29th, 2021
  • Develop Her Game: Inspiring a new generation of female footballers

    Prevent Breast Cancer would like to introduce our newest Corporate Partner of 2021 – Develop Her Game. The coaching organisation for all female football players was started in 2019 by Co-Founders and Directors Courtney Vacher (29) and Lauren Wilson (19). We caught ...

    Published On: January 11th, 2021
  • Our Christmas Appeal

    Giving a little really means a lot this Christmas! As we all know and is widely publicised, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a crippling impact on cancer research projects, most recently highlighted by Cancer Research UK who have had to make further ...

    Published On: December 17th, 2020
  • The Blue Box: Home-testing kit to detect breast cancer

    Earlier this week, we were interested to read that the winner of this year’s international James Dyson Award has invented a home-testing kit to detect breast cancer. The Blue Box, designed by 23-year-old Judit Giró Benet, is a “point-of-care biomedical device for ...

    Published On: November 24th, 2020
  • Francine Goldman: Fundraising was my distraction from cancer treatment.

    Having been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Francine Goldman, dedicated as much time as she possibly could to fundraising for Prevent Breast Cancer. Here’s how organising a sponsored 5K dog walk helped Francine through her treatment. ‘After being diagnosed with breast cancer, ...

    Published On: November 20th, 2020
  • Ian Burns: ‘I can’t create a breast cancer free past, but I will help to create that future’.

    This October the London Marathon took place virtually. We spoke to one of our runners, Ian Burns, who shares an emotive account of persevering through this grueling challenge. Hear how the loss of his mother at a young age and his dedication ...

    Published On: November 18th, 2020
  • The Bucks Breast Unit: beating breast cancer one step at a time.

    The #MagTeam100 Challenge attracted participants both internationally and across the UK. The Bucks Breast Unit in Buckinghamshire were one team who threw themselves headfirst into this challenge. Consultant Radiologist, Dr Chin Ng, having trained at The Nightingale Centre herself, rallied the team ...

    Published On: November 4th, 2020

About Prevent Breast Cancer

Prevent Breast Cancer is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer – we’re committed to freeing the world from the disease altogether. Unlike many cancer charities, we’re focused on preventing, rather than curing. Promoting early diagnosis, screening and lifestyle changes, we believe we can stop the problem before it starts. And being situated at the only breast cancer prevention centre in the UK, we’re right at the front-line in the fight against the disease. Join us today and help us create a future free from breast cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, email us today.