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Cash award for breast cancer research

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An Oxford scientist has been awarded £200,000 towards research into breast cancer that has spread to the brain.

The three-year project, funded by charity Breast Cancer Now, will test whether drugs can reduce the growth of the disease.

It's hoped the research could help nearly 600 women affected by breast cancer in Oxfordshire every year.

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'Knitted knockers' for women after breast surgery

Women who've had breast surgery after cancer may choose to have reconstructive surgery or silicon prosthetics. But now there's an alternative using old technology - knitting. Women are making prosthetics breasts, and they're called 'knitted knockers'.

Women from around the country meet every couple of months to knit the false breasts - and they do it for nothing. So far, they've made a given away more than 2,000 'knitted knockers'. Mark Gough reports.

Moonwalkers stride out to support breast cancer research

One of the biggest charity events of the year took place over the weekend with fifteen thousand people taking part in the annual Moonwalk. .

Millions of pounds were raised by women, and some men, walking a marathon around London - including entrants from our region.

People awarded for roles in fight against breast cancer

A care home worker from Abingdon was among the winners at a charity awards ceremony held in Oxfordshire last night.

Jeff Denton was recognised at the Against Breast Cancer Achievement Awards - which celebrates the success and achievements of groups and indivduals across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Our very own reporter Mel Bloor was there to host the awards....

Town is being painted pink in aid of Breast Care Appeal

The ladies of Fleet are going to paint the town pink Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

The Hampshire town of Fleet is being painted pink in aid of the Frimley Park Hospital Breast Care Appeal. It will last from 10 to 17 October.

Kim Knight and Sally Herman had the idea following the success of last year’s Fleet fashion week. With the support of Fleet businesses and a few celebrities, they have organised a series of events in the town.

Kim said “We wanted to paint our town pink to thank the amazing breast care team at Frimley Park Hospital and to raise awareness of the high incidence of breast cancer in our local community.

"The new breast care unit and 3D mammography machine that the appeal is providing will benefit so many people in our area - and this is an opportunity for everyone to get on board and support it.”

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Six women diagnosed with breast cancer after concerns over screenings

Concerns over screenings Credit: NHS Trust

Six women have been diagnosed with breast cancer after a review of assessments made in Oxfordshire.

Thirty women were recalled following concerns over screenings for the disease made by the same radiologist. They were identified by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust after a review of the 626 women seen between 2011 and 2014.

A formal investigation has been carried out by Public Health England, the NHS Breast Screening Programme and the Trust. A statement confirmed that a radiologist had not undertaken assessments since the outset of investigation.

A firm of solicitors is holding an open day on 8 January for women who may be concerned and seeking legal support.

Cancer patient takes 'headgear challenge'

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a woman from Brighton is documenting her battle with the disease, as well as raising awareness and thousands for charity, by shaving her hair and wearing different 'head gear' each day.

Andy Dickenson reports. You can sponsor Sara Cutting here.

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