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Cancer centre aims for prevention
breast cancer
One in 10 women will develop breast cancer
A pioneering new cancer centre has been officially opened in Manchester - with the aim of saving more lives.

The 14m Nightingale Centre and Genesis Prevention Centre opened its doors at a community fun day on Sunday afternoon.

The Wythenshawe Hospital-based research team - headed by three world renowned professors - will focus on prevention, screening and early diagnosis.

The centre has been hailed as the first purpose built breast cancer prevention centre in Europe.

Outpatient services

Manchester-based professors Tony Howell, Gareth Evans and Nigel Bundred will lead the research team at the site,

Prof Evans told the BBC: "What we most of all want to do is stop women getting breast cancer in the first place.

"That's really where we are going with the Genesis Prevention Centre, to develop further strategies to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

"In other words - to make one in 10, nought in 10."

About 500 women will visit the centre every week for diagnostic and outpatient services.

The centre was built with 12m from the NHS and 2m from the long-running Genesis Appeal.


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