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Meeting the needs of younger women with breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK: 13,000 women died from the disease in 2001. The majority (80 per cent) of women diagnosed are over the age of 50 (it is presumed that the average age of the menopause is 50) and the lifetime risk of developing the disease is one in nine (Cancer Research UK, 2003).

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