Screen From 40
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.