When Anikka Burton was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was overwhelmed with bouquets of flowers and gifts sent by well-wishers. Although she was touched by their kindness, she was unable to enjoy many of the gifts and they went to waste. But her experience gave her an idea.
Anikka set up a business selling products which cancer patients would find useful and that wouldn't interfere with treatment. Charlotte Wilkins reports
If you found out you carried the breast cancer gene, would you opt for a double mastectomy? Well after Angelina Jolie went public about her decision to have the life saving surgery, tests for the breast cancer gene have risen by 67% and double mastectomies have quadrupled.
It is no longer a taboo subject and many women have spoken out about how it has changed their lives. But one group has gone a step further. They have taken the brave step of stripping off for a calendar to try and dispel the myths and raise money for charity. David Wood reports.
It is described as a revolution in breast cancer treatment, an injection which dramatically reduces the time that patients must spend in hospital. Until now, women prescribed the drug Herceptin have received it via a drip, which is time consuming and painful.
From today though, they have the alternative of a five minute injection. Helen Ford reports.
The wear it pink campaign has so far raised more than £23 million and the next event will be supported once again for the south.
The MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in this year's campaign.
It is estimated to be the Breast Cancer Campaign's biggest fundraiser to help lifesaving research.
Mr Metcalfe commented:
“Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure."
The Head Teacher of a school near Maidstone has praised a group of singing mums for their efforts in raising money for breast cancer.
The "Mumma Mia" choir was formed at Sutton Valence Prep School around a year ago. Inspired by two of their members who have breast cancer, the mums are now holding a special concert to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. They're hoping it will be a sell out.
Mum Julie Avery talks about why singing in a school choir with other mums has helped her deal with breast cancer. Last year she joined the choir called "Mumma Mia" and, like many of its members, she was bitten by the singing bug.
Now, the group has decided to raise money for Breast Cancer Care in her honour. They'll be putting on a concert at Sutton Valence Prep School on the first of July.