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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.


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.”

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.


Woman with breast cancer shaves head for charity

Sara Cutting is having her hair shaved for charity. Credit: ITV Meridian

A woman from Brighton who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July has had her head shaved for charity. Sara Cutting is hoping to raise awareness of the condition and its impact. She is wearing a different sort of 'headgear' every day.

Campaign for new breast cancer unit in Wiltshire

Former breast cancer patients and those recently diagnosed with the disease - have begun a campaign to build a new specialist unit in Wiltshire.

Three quarters of a million pounds is needed for the dedicated centre at Salisbury District Hospital which would be able to treat four and a half thousand women each year. Penny Silvester reports.

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