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Advice sessions may increase breast cancer awareness

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One-to-one advice sessions on breast cancer symptoms being piloted by the NHS have a lasting effect on patient awareness, according to researchers.

After two years, the team found 21% of older women who received the Promoting Early Presentation (PEP) intervention – a 10-minute talk accompanied by a booklet – were breast cancer aware compared with 6% of the same number who received usual care.

The study looked at 860 women, aged 67-70.

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  • Lynnie

    As a practice nurse its the standard part of my consultation when I'm doing a smear - to give a leaflet (if the patient wants one) and discuss breast self-awareness, however its a very limited amount of time we have to do this and its low on the agenda when there are so many other targets and data collection to meet at the same time.

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