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Breast Cancer: Health Education

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to educate young women about the importance of diagnosing breast cancer at the early stages to improve survival rates. (164030)

It is important for women of all ages to be breast aware. That is why together with Cancer Research UK the Department produces the “Be Breast Aware” leaflet, which advises women on the importance on being breast aware and what signs to watch for. Over a million copies of this leaflet are produced each year. It is also available online from both the NHS Choices and the NHS Cancer Screening Programme websites.

The leaflet is widely available from primary care surgeries and breast screening units and is available in Bengali, Chinese, Gurjarati, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu and Vietnamese.

It is important to note that breast cancer in young women is very rare, with over 80 per cent. of breast cancer cases occurring in women aged over 50 and only 4.9 per cent. in those aged under 40.