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More than 45,500 women and around 300 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK, making it the most common cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we ‘ve put together a special podcast to reflect this.

Many breast cancers are picked up by women themselves – but what should you be checking for?  Cancer Information Nurse Jean Slocombe tells us about the key signs and symptoms to look for, and highlights the importance of going for regular breast screening when invited.

Radiologist Dr Sarah Burnett knew that her family history put her at increased risk of breast cancer. But she was still shocked when she noticed something unusual on her own mammogram. We talk to Dr Sarah about her story, and why she’s helping to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s vital work.

Finally, we meet Professor Charles Coombes, one of the most distinguished breast cancer researchers in the UK.  Professor Coombes’ work helped to lead to the development of aromatase inhibitors – drugs that are powerful weapons in our fight against breast cancer.

Professor Coombes explains why some breast cancers can come back after treatment, even after many years, and how he and his team are developing new treatments to help women survive for longer.

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And there’s also a full transcript of the podcast here.

Hope you enjoy it – please let us know what you think by responding here in the comments. We’ll be back next month with a special podcast dedicated to breast cancer.

Kat