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Good Housekeeping’s Breast Cancer Myths Busted

Good Housekeeping published an interesting post on Breast Cancer Myths from a Nuffield Health care professional. You can read the article here or oherwise we have put a copy below for you to read. Dont forget to share the info with friends and family.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting almost 55,000 UK women each year. Here are the 10 most common myths about breast cancer and the truth behind them.

Myth 1: Most breast lumps are cancerous

Simply discovering a lump is not a sign that you have breast cancer. Roughly 80% of lumps in women’s breasts are caused by benign (noncancerous) changes, cysts, or other conditions. You should have all lumps checked just to be sure.

Myth 2: Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump

A lump may be an indication of breast cancer or one of many benign breast conditions. There are other changes in the breast to look out for such as changes to breast skin (swelling, skin irritation or dimpling), changes to the shape and size of the breasts, breast or nipple pain, nipple inversion, redness, scaliness, thickening of the nipple or breast skin, or a discharge other than breast milk.


Myth 3: If you’re at risk for breast cancer, there’s little you can do but watch for the signs

There’s a lot that women can do to lower their risk, including losing weight if they’re obese, getting regular exercise, lowering alcohol consumption, examining their breasts regularly and quitting smoking.

Myth 4: Only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk

Roughly 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors for the disease. But the family-history risks are these:

·         One first degree female relative diagnosed with breast cancer aged younger than 40 (a first degree relative is your parent, brother or sister, or your child).

·         One first degree male relative diagnosed with breast cancer at any age.

·         One first degree relative with cancer in both breasts where the first cancer was diagnosed aged younger than 50.

·         Two first degree relatives, or one first degree and one second degree relative, diagnosed with breast cancer at any age (second degree relatives are aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, and grandchildren).

·         One first degree or second degree relative diagnosed with breast cancer at any age and one first degree or second degree relative diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any age (one of these should be a first degree relative).

·         Three first degree or second degree relatives diagnosed with breast cancer at any age.

Myth 5: Wearing an underwire bra increases your risk of getting breast cancer

Claims that underwire bras compress the lymphatic system of the breast, causing toxins to accumulate and cause breast cancer, are not backed up by science. The consensus is that neither the type of bra you wear nor the tightness of your underwear or other clothing has any connection to breast cancer risk.

Myth 6: Wearing antiperspirant increases your risk of getting breast cancer

There are claims that parabens, used as preservatives in some antiperspirants, have weak oestrogen-like properties and may contribute to breast cancer development. But no cause-and-effect connection between parabens and breast cancer has been established.

Myth 7: Small-breasted women have less chance of getting breast cancer

Very small breasts and very large breast can be difficult to examine using mammography and MRI but there is no evidence to show that women with small breasts are less likely to develop breast cancer. Mammographers are specially trained to ensure women of all sizes can be screened. More important than size is the type of tissue the breast is made of. Very dense tissue, which shows up white on a mammogram, can make it difficult to detect small cancers.

Myth 8: Caffeine causes breast cancer

No causal connection has been found between drinking caffeine and getting breast cancer. In fact, some research suggests that caffeine may actually lower your risk. So far it’s inconclusive whether breast soreness may be linked to caffeine.

Myth 9: Women with lumpy breasts (fibrocystic breast changes) have a higher risk of developing breast cancer

In the past, women with lumpy, dense, or fibrocystic breasts were believed to be at higher risk of getting breast cancer, but there doesn’t appear to be a connection after all. However, when you have lumpy breasts, it can be trickier to differentiate normal tissue from cancerous tissue, so you should report any changes to your GP.

Myth 10: Mammograms expose you to so much radiation that they increase your risk of cancer

While it’s true that radiation is used in mammography, the amount is so small that any associated risks are tiny when compared to the huge preventive benefits gained from the test. Mammograms can detect lumps well before they can be felt or otherwise noticed, and the earlier that lumps are caught, the better one’s chances of a positive outcome.

Provided by Nuffield Health’s professional head of mammography, Sue Oliver.

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Interesting facts to impress your friends with


It’s supposed to be summer so can someone please tell us what happened to “Flaming June?” Someone said to us the other day, “What do you expect? Summer doesn’t start until 21st June.  Does it?   We thought it was the 1st June. To win the argument we did some investigating ourselves and discovered that there’s not a straightforward answer… There are three methods:  meteorological, astronomical and phenological, to help us decide. 

Meteorologists say it’s to do with the weather & they say Summer starts 1 June. Astronomers say it’s to do with the planets & equinox’s and they say Summer starts between 20 & 22 June. Phenological is a new one on us however, this is to do with plants & animals and we are not sure we really understand it to be honest!  So it seems that it’s up to you to decide when summer begins. If you want a little more information have a look at the BBC’s “When do the seasons begin and end?” article which we found very interesting.

In any case and whichever method you subscribe to the Summer has now officially begun so we thought we’d give you some more interesting facts you can amaze your friends with at the pub on those long summer evenings: –

Have you ever wondered why the Queen has 2 Birthday’s?  According to “Her Majesty the Queen celebrates two birthdays every year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.”

“Official celebrations to mark a sovereign’s birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.”

Did you know that The War of the Roses started in St Albans outside the door of the Old Boot pub in Market Place?

About 2,500,000 Mill & Boon books were acquired during the construction of the M6 Toll road. The novels were pulped at a recycling firm in south Wales and used in the preparation of the top layer of the West Midlands motorway.

The most popular tube journey is Leicester Square to Covent Garden Tube station even though it is quicker by foot  Being the shortest also makes it the most expensive!

We know that 2016 marks 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death but did you know that he has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language!

This is our favourite fact “The Statue of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) in Parliament Square has a mild electric current running through it to stop pigeons perchingor snow forming on Churchill’s bald head.”

Our final fact is this: if you choose your swimwear carefully and make sure it fits properly there is no reason that you can’t swim after breast surgery. Check out the new collection of Anita Care swimwear for post-surgical swimming here and don’t forget that there is a new fitting suite in Milton Keynes if you live nearby!

Have fun showing off to you friends with these facts and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.




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Eloise Breast Cancer Fitting Suite Opens

Eloise is delighted to announce the long awaited opening of its very own Fitting Suite at Furzton Milton Keynes for post surgical ladies looking for bras, prosthesis and swimwear. Until now Eloise products and services were only available online however with the opening of this purpose built suite ladies can now book a private one-to-one appointment for a bespoke lingerie, swimwear or prosthesis fitting in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

The Eloise fitting suite will officially open on Friday June 24th 2016 and will offer ladies the chance to choose from a fabulous array of lingerie and swimwear. The centre will also be offering advice on fit, choice and best styles for each lady according to her individual requirements all in the privacy of a beautifully decorated suite with a trained post surgical bra and prosthesis fitter.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes will be attending to cut the ribbon on the new centre and say a few words on the impact of the new fitting suite for those who have previously struggled to find this type of advice and bespoke service outside of a medical environment.  A representative for Eloise said of the opening “It has been our dream for several years to be able to have a bespoke fitting suite, tastefully decorated with relaxing and calm surroundings for ladies to come to at a convenient time for themselves to be fitted for lingerie, breast forms and swimwear. We are absolutely delighted to have made this dream a reality and look forward to welcoming our post-surgical ladies through the door very soon”

Ladies wishing to make an appointment for a fitting at the new Eloise fitting suite should contact Julie Hardcastle on 01908 340094 to arrange a convenient time.

Please share this with anyone you know who might benefit from this new facility.


Eloise Fitting Suite

23 Shirwell Crescent,


Milton Keynes


For appointments please call 01908 340 094


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Why Do We Mix Up Our Loved Ones Names?


Do you find your family, especially your children, grandchildren and sometimes your siblings getting increasingly frustrated with you because you can’t get their name right? You call them everyone else’s name and sometimes even the dogs. You shouldn’t take it personally or as a sign of old age.


This article from the Daily Mail “Why we sometimes mix up the names of our loved ones” tells us why we do it.

According to a new study from Duke University researchers say \’misnaming\’ is a common cognitive mistake that follows predictable patterns and can even indicate what relationship category you consider your loved ones to be in.


When a person calls a close friend or family member by the wrong name, they aren\’t just blurting a random name. And despite what many believe, it isn\’t a question of aging, the researchers explain. People in the same relationship category are often called by each other\’s names. This means that friends\’ names are mistaken for others\’, or family members are called by the name of another family member.

\’It\’s a cognitive mistake we make, which reveals something about who we consider to be in our group,\’ said David Rubin, a psychology and neuroscience professor at Duke, and one of the authors of the study. \’It\’s not just random.\’


Researchers conducted five separate surveys of more than 1,700 respondents to determine the many ways people mix up the names of their loved ones. The findings even apply to the family dog. Participants in the study reported that they frequently call their family members by the name of their dog, while no other kinds of pets were associated with this type of slip.

\’I\’ll preface this by saying I have cats and I love them. But our study does seem to add to evidence about the special relationship between people and dogs,\’ says Samantha Deffler, a PhD student at Duke. \’Also, dogs will respond to their names much more than cats, so those names are used more often. Perhaps because of that, the dog\’s name seems to become more integrated with people\’s conceptions of their families.\’

 The researchers also found that phonetic similarities play a role in misnaming, while physical similarities mostly do not. Names that begin or end with similar sounds, like Michael and Mitchell, are more likely to be confused for each other, as are names that have a common vowel sound, like John and Bob. But, parents will still mix up the names of their children even if they look nothing alike and are different genders.

While this cognitive mistake is often attributed to aging, researchers say that college undergraduates are guilty of misnaming as well.

 So if you do mix up your friends and family names it’s not because you are getting old, it’s because you love them.

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Don\’t Wait Until You are 100 Years Old


May 2016 was Vogue UK magazine’s 100th birthday and to mark the occasion Harvey Nichols’ campaign featured Bo Gilbert, Vogue’s first 100-year-old model.  Bo was Photographed by Phil Poynter wearing bespoke Valentino glasses, a Dries Van Noten coat, Victoria Beckham top, The Row trousers and a Lavin necklace. She looks stunning and proves you can look elegant and stylish at any age. In the video about the photo shoot on Vogue’s website Bo tells us about her love of clothes, how fashion has changed over the years, and she bemoans the fact that people don’t wear hats anymore!  

 The article got us thinking about other centurions who haven’t let age get in the way of enjoying life to the full. For example, Eleanor Cunningham from Howes Cave, New York, celebrated her 100th Birthday with a sky dive and this wasn’t her first! She took up sky diving at age 90!

Fauja Singh from Ilford East London became the world’s oldest marathon runner when he completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2011 when he was 100 years old. He completed it in 8 hours 25 Minutes & 16 seconds. Like Eleanor he took up his new activity around 90.

 Georgina Harwood from South Africa celebrated her 100th birthday with a sky dive and cage dive, (swimming with sharks). If Sky diving, running a marathon or swimming with sharks seems a bit too much for you why not try writing your first novel?  Lorna Page become one of the oldest debut writers on record when she published her novel A Dangerous Weakness at the age of 93.

Why is it that we wait for a special birthday/occasion or retirement to do something wild & unusual? Isn’t it usually because life is so busy with work, family, housework and the school run. When we sit or fall down at the end of the day we find we fall asleep in front of the telly. We can’t be bothered to, or think we have no time to, fit anything interesting in. But it’s important we do. When you look at Bo, Eleanor, Fauja, Georgina & Lorna not only are they are still active mentally and physically they are happy enjoying life.

Doing something different is great for the mind, it keeps you alert & helps to keep your stress levels down. Number three in list of 10 benefits of keeping stress levels down is “Cancer Protection.Stress interferes with our immune system and is often blamed in the medical community for everything from colds to cancer. The sooner a person gets it under control, the sooner their immune system can get back on the job, protecting them from monsters they want no part of.”

So why wait until you are 100 to do that sky dive or write that book. Make time to do something you enjoy whether it’s preparing to run a marathon or just a leisurely walk around your local area. You will be surprised at the health benefits both mentally & physically. And you may well be Vogues next 100-year-old model.    


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Top Tips for Packing


We found these great packing tips on Trip Adviser * and wanted to share them with you straight away. These are especially handy if you are planning a short haul trip where the luggage allowances are so tight. Budget airlines are great for last minute getaways but the fees can be very expensive if you go slightly over the rather meagre weight allowance. The below tips will give some great ideas for ways to beat the fees.

Pack light to travel light. If you can manage with a carry-on, do it. Try taking half of the things you need and twice the money. You can make buying a few new items a fun part of the adventure.

We like this one… Pack a sleep mask and ear plugs. These can come in handy on a plane, train or in your hotel room. We use these a lot, especially the ear plugs!

Capitalise on empty suitcase space. Roll your clothes, instead of folding them. Stuff socks, underwear, and accessories inside of shoes. Leave no space unused.

Keep a sarong or pashmina in your carry-on. They can be used as a blanket on the plane, a scarf if it’s cold or a shawl on an evening out.

Bag it. Kitchen sandwich bags can be used to hold your accessories, vacuum pack bags can be space savers, and bin bags have multiple uses (laundry bag, shoe covers).

Skip airport snacks and bring your own. You can save yourself a bit of money and keep your hunger at bay in case you have a delayed flight.

Create compartments. Two words: packing cube. If you are visiting more than one city during your trip, packing cubes will keep your suitcase organised and save you from having to pack and unpack.

Share your packing space. Travelling as a couple? Split your clothes between two suitcases on the off chance one of them gets lost during the flight.

Bring a multi-socket extension cord. Although newer hotels have USB ports in rooms, it’s best to have an extra outlet to charge all of your electronics at once.

Make photocopies before leaving home. If you’re travelling out of the country, make two photocopies of your passport. Use your smartphone to take pictures of your car in the airport’s car park and do the same for your luggage and its contents in case it gets lost.

Wear as many of your outer clothes as you can comfortably manage to save on space in your case. Don’t forget that a jacket with deep pockets is also perfect for popping smaller items into like socks, books or phone chargers etc..

Once you are there, remember that if you have forgotten any travel essentials (like toothbrushes, toothpaste or razors) then many hotel receptions offer complimentary emergency toiletries if you ask.

Also don’t forget if you are swimming to rinse out your swimsuits before hanging up to dry as chlorine from the swimming pool and salt from the sea (if you are lucky enough to be swimming in the sea ) can damage the delicate lycra fabrics that costumes and bikinis are made from.  

So all that’s left to say now is “have a fantastic trip!!”

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What to Wear to the Beach this Summer?


Holiday season is well and truly underway. All the travel agents have their ‘dream holiday destinations’ and ‘last chance to book for summer discounts’ on display and we can enjoy a leisurely afternoon browsing through them… all the while worrying about finding that all important swimsuit or bikini that we would wear if we travelled.  It can be daunting for those who have had a mastectomy, especially if it’s your first holiday since your op.

That’s why were so happy to see Carol McGiffins post a few weeks back.  

The former loose women presenter is a real inspiration, the 55-year-old looked happy and healthy posing in a bikini earlier this year on a well-deserved holiday. After being diagnosed with cancer in June 2014 Carol had a mastectomy, underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  She didn’t consider her illness a battle though. She told Closer magazine in September 2015 \”It can become a fight if you think you might lose it but, for me, it was always just about getting better.\”

Carol was on holiday in Phuket, Thailand with her fiancé Mark Cassidy. She wore a little black bikini and sunglasses. With a glass of champagne in hand she tweeted. “Look at me getting on the Champers @DreamHKT Beach Club! See, us mastectomy girls can still do bikinis! @cassola21,” We think she look’s amazing.                                                                                    

And she’s right there is no reason why you shouldn’t feel confident and look amazing on the beach. The Spring Summer 2016 Post surgery swimwear collection from Anita care has some beautiful swimsuits bikinis and tankinis which have pockets for prosthesis.  The new lines will be up on the site shortly so check back for pics of what’s available.



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Is Sugar the Real Enemy?


New Year is typically the time that we make all sorts of resolutions for the coming year relating to our physical and emotional well-being. We take out expensive gym memberships and promise ourselves we will attend no less than three times a week. We decide to lose weight by joining one of the weight loss classes in our area and clearing our cupboards of all junk food and alcohol and generally start the month full of good intentions. Its all good…  

But fast forward a fortnight or so and the majority of us have fallen off the wagon all together and the gym membership is being used more for the spa facilities than the treadmill if it’s being used at all. The realities of life have settled back in and our day to day lives often don’t hold the time needed to make these resolutions work. So what can we do then to encourage a healthier lifestyle?

Something we have all been talking about a lot recently at the Eloise office is sugar. Media headlines like the one below from the Daily Mail have really caught the attention of many of us who are concerned about healthy eating and lifestyles. The headline “Sugar in fizzy drinks and junk food increases chances of breast cancer and its spread to other organs, scientists claim.” was based on studies performed over six months on the effects of sugar fed to mice measured against a non-sugar and higher starch diet fed to another group over the same period. US academics fed mice a sugar-rich Western diet and claim they found increased levels of tumour growth in the breast and more potential for that cancer to spread to the lungs. You can read the story here

The headline is not the only one in recent months to have identified sugar as the real baddie in the cupboard. Many nutritionists such as Zoe Harcombe (  have spoken extensively about the need to reduce our sugar intake and also about the hidden sugars in our food that we are probably not even aware of.

A quick check through the store cupboard reveals sugar included the list of ingredients in just about everything we buy from the supermarket in a box, tin or packet. If you check your cupboards you will be shocked to discover that there is sugar in breakfast cereals (even the so called healthy ones), bread, tinned foods, packet ham and cooked meats (could be listed as dextrose, fructose etc…), tomato sauce, soups, pickled onions as well as the obvious culprits  like fruit juices, biscuits cakes etc.

Sugar is a relatively new ingredient for human consumption as Zoe Harcombe quite succinctly puts here If we have been eating food in the form that nature intended for 24 hours, agriculture (large scale access to carbohydrates) developed four minutes ago and sugar consumption has increased twenty fold in the last five seconds. I wonder which food is more likely to be responsible for obesity, diabetes, or indeed any modern disease…”

With scientific research increasingly linking sugar consumption to cancer perhaps a better and more realistic New Year’s resolution for us all should be to reduce our ‘hidden sugar’ intake. This can be easily achieved by checking in the ingredients list of everything we buy, take an extra hour as you go round the supermarket to check the labels on everything, and be very wary of any processed food. Even stock cubes can contain sugar!!!!

Let us know how you get on.

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Thank you to all our customers in 2015

Eloise would like to say a big thank you to all of our customers in 2015. We never forget that it is you wonderful ladies, all of whom have been through so much,that continue to support us in supporting you. In an ideal world there would be no need for a post-surgical lingerie site like this one but sadly, until breast cancer is defeated once and for all, we will continue to need post surgical lingerie and here at Eloise, we for one are determined that it need not be boring!!!

There are some exciting new styles coming later in 2016 like the featured image of Fleur which is also available with a co-ordinating lace bandeau panel and the best selling Josephine in a lovely new silver mint for spring. We also have Ella, another popular choice, ready to pop in cayenne pepper while new on the scene Miss Ribbon and a special bra – Valentina, will also make their bow.Keep checking back to see these exciting new styles and colours as they are loaded up to the site early in the new year.

So whatever you are doing over the holiday season, relaxing at home, staying with friends or family or travelling abroad to warmer climes make sure that you enjoy yourselves and have fun and from everyone here at Eloise we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2016.


See you in the New Year!

From all at Eloise xx

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How to choose the right size of breast prosthesis

What size is right for you?


As with bra fitting, each prosthesis is different so it is important to find the right one for you. There are different weight, colour and volume options to choose from and if you are not sure which is best the numbers can look a bit confusing. Don’t worry though, we can help advise you on which Breast Form is most suitable either over the phone, you can call us on 0845 22 55 080, or by using our handy prosthesis sizing chart in the Fitting Guides section (click here to view) to help you select the right size. (Please bear in mind there is a slight difference between the manufacturers, so best to think of this as a guide.)

You simply find your bra size on the grid and then the corresponding number is the correct Breast Form to choose for your shape. Talking about shape though, it’s not just about the bra size, you also need to think about your overall breast shape. Your natural breast may be shallow, average or full cup and to achieve the most natural look under your clothes you really want to choose the breast form that gets the closest to your natural shape as well as being the right size. (Think about the softies you used in the early days, they were great at the time and did their job very well but the shape was probably not quite right)

Using the guide below the size table (click here and scroll down slightly) you can also choose which shape is best for you from the shallow, average and full cup options. We stock a variety of different shapes of prosthesis to ensure you get the best fit. Innovative shapes like the oval and U shape help to offer a wider choice of breast forms to complement your silhouette. The different shapes are all on the guide but we have looked at a few below to give you a taster.

Triangle shape

The most popular and widely available shape, this is a symmetrical breast form which can used on either side of the body. It mimics the shape of a natural breast and is available in shallow, average or full volumes. It is most suited to ladies who have not had extensive surgery to the lymph glands.

Oval shape

One of our newer shapes, it is another excellent symmetrical shape which sits smoothly against the chest wall giving a natural profile. May suit ladies who wish to use in an underwired bra. It is recommended for ladies who have a slightly wider, fuller breast shape and can work well for ladies who have had bilateral surgery.

Partial shapes

These are best suited to ladies who have had a lumpectomy, partial surgery or reconstruction as they provide volume or enhancement after surgery. The most popular shape is a triangle.

Check out the size and shape guide for more information and check back here for news of an exciting new Elosie fitting service coming soon…