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We respond to research about women with benign breast disease being at higher risk of breast cancer in the long term

Dr Kotryna Temcinaite, our Senior Research Communications Manager, has commented on research presented at the 13th European Breast Cancer Conference. This research showed that women who have benign breast conditions, including cysts and fibroadenomas, have a higher risk of developing breast cancer in the long term.


Dr Kotryna Temcinaite, Senior Research Communications Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said:

“Every year 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK.

"Breast screening is a vital tool for detecting breast cancer early, and the sooner it’s diagnosed the more likely treatment is to be successful, which is why we encourage all eligible women who are invited to attend.

“We welcome research that could help identify who might be more at risk of developing the disease and we are currently funding studies to better understand the benefits and risks of a more tailored screening service.

"This research looked at women who went on to have breast cancer following an earlier diagnosis of non-cancerous breast disease.

"However, other risk factors including genes, age, lifestyle and family history must also be considered to fully understand how likely someone is to develop breast cancer for a personalised screening programme to be effective.

“Anyone seeking information and support can speak to our expert nurses by calling our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.


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