How to prevent breast cancer from getting worse
More than 2,000 women a year are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK.
But a new report shows that almost a quarter of those cases are caused by the operation known as breast augmentation.
A study published in the Lancet, by the Oxford Centre for Breast Cancer Research, looked at data from the National Breast Imaging Registry, a database of scans performed by NHS radiologists.
More than 1,400 breast scans were analysed to identify the most common breast cancer diagnoses in women aged between 25 and 49.
It found that more than 50 per cent of these scans were performed for a single procedure.
The majority of these procedures are performed to remove fat, which is not related to the type of breast cancer.
A woman would have to have had her tumour removed without any significant treatment.
A breast biopsy is performed to confirm the diagnosis and, if it is found to be cancerous, the operation is carried out.
Breast augmentation is performed on women for cosmetic reasons.
However, there are many different reasons why women decide to undergo this procedure.
In 2016, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) issued guidelines for how to manage breast cancer when it has spread.
The guidelines advise women to wait to start treatment until a risk of breast surgery or cancer is eliminated, and to wait a minimum of 12 weeks between treatment and surgery.
This is because surgery often causes scarring and bleeding.
In the past, many women would have undergone surgery without a specific risk of cancer.
However, the latest data shows that the risk of undergoing surgery is higher for women aged under 25 than for those aged over 65.
The researchers also found that the vast majority of breast augments are done by a specialist, usually a surgeon.
The report also found there is little evidence that these procedures increase the risk for the recurrence of the cancer.
The Oxford Centre has recently launched a new fund to help fund breast augment surgery for women with pre-existing conditions.
A spokesperson said: ‘This is an important new research that highlights how important breast auguation is to prevent the recidence of breast tissue cancer and that it has an important role to play in reducing the burden of breast cancers.’
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