20 February 2015

Responding to research showing women back the idea of more breast screens for those at high risk of cancer Samia al Qadhi Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care says:

“The idea of tailoring screening depending on your genetic risk has great potential. We know women often worry about whether they should have mammograms more or less often.

“However the NHS Breast Screening Programme is already struggling to cope with demand. Before we even begin to consider changes that could lead to more people having mammograms it must be ensured there are sufficient resources to screen all eligible women and give them high quality treatment.

“Screening does have limitations as well as benefits. Breast Cancer Care wants all women to have access to clear information about screening so they can make an informed choice about whether or not to attend.”

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Sheryl Plant Press Manager Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3532 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

Sheryl.plant@breastcancercare.org.uk

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