UK first for Aston breast cancer research project

2 June 2009

A breast cancer research project at Aston University in Birmingham has been chosen as one of 26 new projects in the UK and Ireland to receive a share of £2.3 million funding from the leading research charity Breast Cancer Campaign.

Dr Helen Pattison from the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston has received a pilot grant worth nearly £18,000 to investigate the low uptake of breast screening among Chinese-British women living in the UK.

This project, which is the first of its kind in the UK to examine Chinese-British women’s beliefs about breast cancer, will use the findings to develop culturally sensitive information to improve informed consent to screening attendance.

Helen said: ‘We are grateful to Breast Cancer Campaign for investing in this research. We hope to use our findings to develop ways of promoting the benefits of breast cancer screening to this group of women as early diagnosis and treatment ultimately gives women a better chance of survival.’

Arlene Wilkie, who is Director of Research and Policy at the Breast Cancer Campaign, said ‘Despite the unsteady economy, funding breast cancer research must remain a priority as more than 46,000 people are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year and more than 12,500 will die.

‘Research is already making a huge difference and we hope that by funding high quality, innovative projects such as Dr Pattison’s, it will bring us ever closer to beating breast cancer.’


For further press information please contact Sally Finn at Aston University on 0121 204 4552 or Claire Learner, Media Relations Officer at Breast Campaign on 0207 749 3705.

Notes to editors

• Breast Cancer Campaign aims to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure.
• Currently it supports 123 research projects, worth over £15 million, in 45 centres of excellence across the UK.
• Breast Cancer Campaign has extended its grant programme to researchers working in the Republic of Ireland and funds three projects worth more than £460,000.
• Breast Cancer Campaign recently announced its plans to open the first breast cancer specific Tissue Bank in the UK.
• For further information about Aston University visit and for the Breast Cancer Campaign