Breast cancer is a disease that overwhelmingly affects women, but men get it too. Peter Bagnall is one of them. Peter, 56, who is from Birmingham, got in touch with BBC Radio 5 Live during a discussion about women choosing to "go flat" instead of having reconstruction after breast cancer. Here, in this own words, is Peter's story of how he struggled following his breast cancer diagnosis, and how he and his partner Lorraine, who also had the condition, coped. "When I got breast cancer I was sucked into a world of which I wasn't a part.
Thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to Breast Cancer Care. The figures show almost three-quarters (72%) of NHS Trusts across the UK are not providing designated nurses. Three years ago, the government promised all cancer patients would have access to a designated nurse by 2020. The Department of Health said it was "committed to increasing the capacity" of specialist cancer nurses. Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of charity Breast Cancer Care, hit out at the deterioration in patient care.
A popular diet could actually limit your risk of developing a deadly form of breast cancer, a recent study found. The International Journal of Cancer published a study Monday that said the Mediterranean diet – the popular meal plan that incorporates fish, nuts, vegetables and olive oil into daily diet – could help reduce a type of breast cancer by 40 percent. The diet has been touted in the past for its multitude of health benefits associated with its minimal intake of red meat, refined grains and sweets. "The Mediterranean Diet has been associated with reduced mortality and risk of cardiovascular diseases, but there is only limited evidence on cancer," the study read, which was conducted as a part of the World Cancer Research Fund. Researchers looked at 62,573 women between the ages of 55 and 69 over two decades.
Cancer experts say they're increasingly confident that at least two lifestyle choices can affect a woman's risk of getting breast cancer: drinking alcohol and exercising. Just one alcoholic drink each day is enough to boost breast cancer risk, according to a comprehensive new report published Tuesday. Vigorous exercise, by contrast, can decrease the risk in both pre- and postmenopausal women. SEE ALSO: Alcohol's cancer risks outweigh any health benefits, study shows The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund published their joint report, which includes data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer gathered in nearly 120 studies. "The evidence is clear: Having a physically active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight throughout life and limiting alcohol -- these are all steps women can take to lower their risk," said Anne McTiernan, a lead author of the report and a cancer prevention expert at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.