More than two thirds of Barking and Dagenham people have breast cancer link

PUBLISHED: 17:12 26 September 2012 | UPDATED: 17:35 26 September 2012

More than two thirds of people in Barking and Dagenham have either suffered from breast cancer or know of someone affected by the disease, research shows.

The shocking statistics were released by private group BMI Healthcare to tie in with the national breast cancer awareness campaign that runs throughout next month.

Research also shows that 42 per cent of Barking and Dagenham residents still believe that most women diagnosed with the disease have it in their family or a genetic predisposition to it – an assumption that studies show is false.

Consultant breast surgeon, Mr Faisal Mihaimeed, said: “Most people who develop breast cancer do not have abnormal genes or any prior family history of the disease.

“That is why breast awareness and these campaigns are so vitally important.”

A number of fundraising and educational events will take place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including a campaign that will see stores selling pink products with a proportion of the proceeds going to charities.

Breast cancer affects both men and women and is the most common form of cancer in the UK.

Medical advice is to check all parts of the breast, armpits and up to the collarbone. See your GP if you notice any lumps, changes in the size or shape of a breast, dimpling, thickened tissue or nipple inversion.

Rashes, blood-stained discharge and breast pain for over 40s are also possible signs.

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