Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2019

Every year, over 2 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide – the most common form of cancer in women, second only to skin cancer. Breast cancer affects women from all countries irrespective of income, age, race or class. Knowledge and increased awareness about breast cancer symptoms and risk factors has proven to be of great importance in reducing the mortality rates of breast cancer over the past three decades. Better screening and improved treatment options are also leading to earlier detection and higher chances of successful treatment.

Breast tumors refer to abnormal cells that grow and invade surrounding areas in the breast tissue. They can be benign, i.e. they are not aggressive and are usually easy to remove, or they could be malignant tumors which are referred to as cancer — these are aggressive and tend to spread into surrounding areas forming secondary tumors.

The most characteristic sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass – it could be hard with irregular edges or soft and round, painless or painful. Other symptoms include breast swelling, breast or nipple pain, swollen lymph nodes, or breast skin that is red, dry or thickened. Risk factors for breast cancer include old age, obesity, lack of physical activity, early menstruation start, dense breast tissue, previous diagnosis of breast cancer, having children later in life and family history.

Family history plays an important role in causing hereditary cancers due to genetic mutations (changes) that are inherited from parents to their children from birth. Such germline mutations raise a person’s risk of developing cancer in their lifetime. Depending on the mutation and the gene’s role and effect in the body, it can cause different cancers. For example, BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations that are responsible for the majority of hereditary breast cancers can also cause prostate or pancreatic cancers. Therefore, when looking at a family’s cancer history, it is important to look at all the different cancers that family members have developed as they may all have been caused by the same germline mutation or hereditary cancer syndrome.

Hereditary cancers are different from sporadic cancers which can be caused either by environmental triggers, smoking or lifestyle factors. Hereditary cancers tend to cluster in families, occur earlier in life and be more aggressive than in an individual who has developed the same cancer without the germline mutation. These days, genetic testing can identify germline mutations that are associated with elevated risk of cancer susceptibility, which can be useful in improving clinical care and taking preventative measures such as avoiding risk factors that could further increase one’s chance of developing cancer. A specialist healthcare provider will also be able to advice on preventive measures to reduce risk, and guide the patient to taking informed decisions, and arranging earlier and routine screening to detect cancer early when treatment is more beneficial. Genetic counselling may also be beneficial when family history of cancer is evident.

Both women and men can develop breast cancer as all people are born with some breast tissue. Male breast cancer is very rare, with less than 1% of all breast cancers developing in men. Mortality rates are higher in men than in women though – low awareness for breast cancer and later diagnosis result in poorer treatment success rates. Most male breast cancer cases are due to hereditary germline mutations.

Today, the pink ribbon of breast cancer is associated with strength, survival and hope rather than fear. Research into breast cancer risk factors and ways to prevent, detect and diagnose breast cancer early remain high priority in the medical community. Such research is impactful for elevating the chances of successful treatment and raising the next generation with the optimism and confidence that we will beat cancer sooner.

PreSENTIA hereditary cancer test panels, offered by NIPD Genetics, can detect numerous inherited genetic changes that could cause cancer in the future. PreSENTIA offers an extensive portfolio of 19 hereditary cancer test panels. To learn more please visit www.nipd.com. Hereditary cancer testing, possible next steps and clinical management should always be fully discussed with your healthcare provider.

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NIPD Genetics - Privacy Policy

General Statement

This Privacy Policy applies only to www.nipd.com and its subdomains (hereafter collectively referred to as “Sites") that link to this policy. NIPD Genetics Sites are owned by NIPD Genetics Public Company Ltd and are operated by NIPD Genetics Public Company Ltd and on occasion by a third-party that is responsible for the technical maintenance of the Sites.

If, you do not agree with this Privacy Policy, please do not access or use any of NIPD Genetics Sites.

NIPD Genetics values your interest in NIPD Genetics, its products and its services. NIPD Genetics takes the protection of your data seriously.

Personal data for purposes of this Privacy Policy, is any information by which you can be individually identified, including, but not limited to, your name, profession, address, e-mail address, and telephone number.

You may contact NIPD Genetics Public Company Ltd at
NIPD Genetics Public Company Ltd
Neas Engomis 31
Engomi, Nicosia
2409, Cyprus

NIPD Genetics Data Protection Officer can be reached at dpo@nipd.com

This Privacy Policy applies only to the Sites as defined above and which are operated by NIPD Genetics. The NIPD Genetics Privacy Policy seeks to inform the users of its Sites of the following:

NIPD Genetics will not use or share your information with anyone, except as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any information we might collect by other digital and offline means and or from other digital and offline sources. The use of information collected through our Sites shall be limited to the purposes under this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use to customers.

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Sites and the choices you have associated with that data.

We use your data to provide and improve the Sites. By using the Sites, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible from www.nipd.com

Type of personal information NIPD Genetics may collect through its Sites

Information Collection And Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Sites and services to you.

Personal Data

While using NIPD Genetics Sites, you may be asked to provide NIPD Genetics certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Information"). Personal Information that might be used to identify you includes, but is not limited to:

If you send us a query via our Contact us form, your email address, the content and any follow up emails are retained indefinitely.

Cookies and Usage Data

Usage Data

We may also collect information how the Sites are accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Sites that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking & Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Sites and hold certain information.

Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Sites.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Sites.

Examples of Cookies we use:

Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Sites.

Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.

Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.

Visitor behavior cookies. To understand how visitors use and navigate the Sites

Keyword cookies. To understand how visitors discover the Sites.

Use of Data

www.nipd.com uses the collected data for various purposes:

Transfer of Data

Your information, including personal data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside Cyprus and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including personal data, to Cyprus and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

www.nipd.com will take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your personal data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure of Data

NIPD Genetics complies with the protection of personal data regulation and will not sale or trade your personal data.

NIPD Genetics may disclose your personal data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

Security of Data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Service Providers

We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate, maintain or operate our Sites ("Service Providers"), to provide the SItes on our behalf, to perform service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Sites is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

Analytics

We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Sites.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.

For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page

Access to your personal data, correction, deletion, and Opting Out

You have the right to review, update or delete any of your personal data by sending a request at NIPD Genetics Personal Data Officer pdo@nipd.com

Links to Other Sites

Our Sites may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Children's Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 ("Children").

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "effective date" at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact pdo@nipd.com

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