18 May 2015

Best practice diagnostic guidelines for patients presenting with breast symptoms (2010)

These guidelines define, and bring together in one place, the key clinical and process markers of quality for the multidisciplinary diagnostic team to promote both quality and efficiency. They will be vital in ensuring that all breast cancer patients receive high quality, joined up care. They are as vital a guide for the GP practice as they are for the hospital specialists.
However, guidelines alone are not enough – we need to turn policies into practice and this is why the support of health professional colleges and societies in promoting these guidelines to their members is particularly welcome
Download the pdf here 

11 May 2015

Facts About Breast Implants - Our Bodies Ourselves

By Diana Zuckerman, Elizabeth Nagelin-Anderson & Elizabeth Santoro
In 2013, almost 300,000 women and teenagers underwent surgery to have their breasts enlarged with silicone or saline implants and almost 100,000 breast cancer patients had reconstruction after mastectomy, often with implants. The popularity of breast augmentation has tripled since 1997, when there were just over 101,000 of these proceduresMore than 23,000 implant removal procedures were also reported in 2013. Given these statistics, it is not surprising that in spite of the increasing number of women with breast implants, debate continues to swirl about their safety. Many women are justifiably confused by the conflicting information they hear. Here are the facts about what is known and not known about the risks of breast implants.