Breast Cancer Care responds to review suggesting false cancer alarm discourages future checks

Responding to a review of 19 research papers, funded by Cancer Research UK, which reported information on cancer false alarms and the impact on people reporting future symptoms, including six carried out in the UK, Davinia Green, Head of Breast Awareness and Early Detection at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“It is worrying to hear that some women won’t carry on checking their breasts after a false alarm of breast cancer.

“An earlier all-clear doesn’t mean they won’t develop cancer in the future and spotting the signs of breast cancer early is vital. An early diagnosis can mean simpler and more effective treatment – it can potentially be live-saving.

“Most breast cancers are found by women themselves so it is incredibly important they know the signs and symptoms and crucially aren’t put off going to their GP if they find something. Anyone with questions can call Breast Cancer Care on 0808 800 6000.”

For further information, please contact:

Sophie Softley Pierce, Press Officer, Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3505 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

Notes to editors

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist breast cancer support charity working throughout the UK. We were founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate, who was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. In the ensuing forty years we have supported millions of women and their families through our face-to-face, phone and online services. We also provide training, support and networking opportunities to specialist breast cancer nurses, and Breast Cancer Care publications are used by the majority of breast cancer units throughout the UK. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection, involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit or call our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.