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Joanna Franks – consultant breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon (University College London Hospital & Macmillan Cancer Centre) gave a fascinating talk that Thrive4Life was hosting on Breast Cancer Awareness.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK with one woman diagnosed every 10 minutes. Around 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually in the UK. The most common risk factors for breast cancer are age and being a woman.

Joanna Franks emphasises that even, though breast cancer is primarily diagnosed in women, men should also be aware since 1% of all breast cancers are in males, most commonly in the age group 55-70 years. Risk factors for men range from increased exposure to oestrogen, previous exposure to radiation, and family history of breast cancer – BRCA 2 gen.

Joanna Franks pays attention to the importance of self-examination once a month to familiarise yourself with what the normal for your breasts to look and feel like. Once your understand your norm, if you see any changes it is important that you visit your GP immediately. The Infographic below will guide you with a regular self-examination of your breasts.


The NHS says that women will automatically get their first invite for breast screening between the ages of 50 and 53. Then they will be invited every 3 years until they turn 71 years old. The importance of attending regular screening for breast cancer, when it is offered, can’t be underestimated. Breast cancer screening is designed to detect early signs of the disease, even prior to you being able to see or feel any changes in your breasts.

How Thrive4Life can help!

Thrive4Life can organise Educational Talks and Webinars that help to connect your employees to leading health and wellbeing experts with the aim of empowering them to lead healthier and more productive work lives. We offer health promotion in the form of an extensive library of engaging content with well-designed articles / newsletters.

For companies who are looking for support with a strategy and ongoing process of health and wellbeing engagement that they can build over time, Thrive4Life has used a backdrop of over 30 years’ experience of delivering specialist health, safety and wellbeing guidance across multiple industries to develop an innovative, cost-effective solution that can help any size of organisation in the form of a fully customisable Health and Wellbeing Discovery Hub.

For more information about Thrive4Life services and training courses, get in touch or call us on 020 8972 9675.

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