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Breast cancer return

Researchers in Leeds have found one in five women with breast cancer could be at risk of the disease returning.

A study carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support at St James' Institute of Oncology looked at 1,000 breast cancer patients from Yorkshire who have been diagnosed since 1999. It found that 22% of them went on to develop breast cancer for a second time.

We welcome this study as a useful first step towards knowing how many breast cancer patients might experience a recurrence of their disease.

It is vital to know how many patients' breast cancer are likely to return to allow the NHS to better plan and provide for their needs.

We may need further studies from different parts of the country before we can accurately say what the true rate of breast cancer recurrence is nationally.

– Dr Rachel Greig, senior policy officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer