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Screen From 40

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46,000 women a year are diagnosed with breast cancer, and the incidence is increasing in younger women. The current screening programme excludes women from the age of 40. Breast cancer tends to be far more agressive in pre-menopausal women, often needing mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy, and radiation. Breakthrough Breast Cancer estimate that the under 50's have a risk of 1 in 50 of getting breast cancer. Early detection is vital to catch the disease before it starts to spread, and routine screening is only offered to women of 50 and above. Many lives could be saved by instituting screening at an earlier age. I want 46,000 signatures, one for each woman diagnosed every year. There's a veritable epidemic of breast cancer in young women, which the authorities seem to be ignoring.


I am a doctor who was diagnosed with multifocal breast cancer at the age of 43. I was lucky, in my job it was easy to arrange screening. If I had waited until any of the thirteen tumours could be felt, I probably wouldn't be sitting here today. I want to make this life-saving screening available to women from the age of 40.
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