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PLA Notes 37 February 2000 21 Putting breast cancer on the map


Document begins: PLA Notes 37 February 2000 21 Putting breast cancer on the map Helen Lynn, Diana Ward, Cathy Nugent, Laura Potts, Liz Skan and Nicola Conway Background be a significant risk factor for breast cancer. Research into genetic and heritable `Putting Breast Cancer on the Map' grew out determinants of breast cancer has proliferated of the work the Women's Environmental since the discovery of the marker genes Network (WEN) has done on polluting BRCA1 and BRCA23 in 1994, despite the fact that inherited breast cancer accounts for only chemicals in the UK over the last ten years. 8-10% of all cases (Kelsey and Bernstein The project developed out of a need identified 1996). by women to participate in positive action to bring about change in the minds of the government and medical establishments, as In 1995 WEN submitted a petition called the well as society at large, about the way in National Action Plan for Breast Cancer to the which breast cancer is viewed, treated and Department of Health. The 80,000 signatures on the petition highlighted the need for better politicised in the UK. care and treatment of women with breast cancer. The petition particularly called for The primary ...

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