Sarah Harding’s legacy: finding women who may have higher breast cancer risks – Cancer Research UK

BCAN-RAY so far

BCAN-RAY is being led by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).

It aims to recruit 1,000 women in their 30s with no family history of breast cancer. That will include 250 women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and 750 women who have not had breast cancer.  

So far, 363 women have joined the second group after being invited to do so by their GP. 172 of them have been for their breast cancer risk assessment.  

Of the 96 women who have already received their risk assessment results, 24, including Anna, might be at an ‘increased risk’ and have been invited for follow-ups with specialist centres like the Breast Cancer Family History Risk and Prevention Clinic at The Nightingale Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, which is also part of MFT.  

“I have two young daughters, Lillian and Maddi, so the more things I can do to try and reduce my risk of developing breast cancer, the better,” said Anna. “Taking part in this research has been easy and the team at The Nightingale Centre has been great, and it’s reassuring to know that my full dose mammogram was clear.”  

From the 20 follow-up consultations that have happened so far, 10 women between 35 and 40 have already or will soon have their first mammograms. The other 10 will be invited to start mammograms when they reach 35.

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