Abreast - Quality of life project
Breast cancer is the most common form of female cancer in the UK. It affects one in eight women with those in middle age most at risk. These cold statistics mean shock, heartbreak, anguish and grief for thousands of women and their families every year.
Each year up to 48,000 women in the UK learn they have breast cancer. And while we have made huge strides in detecting and treating breast cancer, for 10,000 women the disease is finally fatal.
There is a great deal more work to be done in raising public awareness and in research into breast cancer and how to treat it effectively. With around 26,000 new cases diagnosed annually, of which 18,000 requiring mastectomy are potential candidates for breast reconstruction; that although becoming an increasingly popular practise is subjected to wide variations nationally and internationally.
Abreast is a dedicated breast cancer research charity, which focuses on patient-centred research that aims to make a difference to each individual woman's treatment within 3-5 years. The primary aim of the research is to bridge the vast gap between laboratory science and clinical practice and investigate the psychosocial impact of life for a woman after breast cancer.
The research provides a unique opportunity for patients to be involved in the treatments available with the aim of maximising their quality of life by relating clinically driven research questions to every woman's individual treatment experience.
Research funded by Abreast