Physical treatment is only half the story
Breast cancer can be devastating to a woman’s emotional wellbeing. Many are left feeling isolated from their friends, family and colleagues, coping with anxiety, depression and the constant fear that their cancer will return. They need expert care to recover.
Our free support services, run by a community of volunteers and experts, help women regain a sense of control at a time when everything changes. That’s why we need you to help us #ShareTheCare and donate today.
A woman is more than her body. Cancer is more than a tumour. Donate today to help others reach our essential support services.
When it comes to cancer, mental health is so difficult. The focus should be on getting rid of the cancer, but mental health should be considered alongside it. The breast care nurses are so overworked, I didn’t feel I could call them about my mental health... I didn’t want to put my psychological concerns onto other people.
Lauren, diagnosed aged 31
The need for better care
of women with breast cancer are not told about the possibility of developing anxiety and depression by a healthcare professional.
of women with breast cancer experience anxiety for the first time in their lives after their diagnosis and treatment.
of women with breast cancer experience continuous fear that the cancer may return after their diagnosis and treatment.
How to speak to your GP about mental health
It can be hard to know how to bring up mental health to your GP. Mind, the mental health charity, explain how mental and physical health are connected, and have created a 'Find the Words' guide that helps you express how you're feeling to your GP.