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What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device (e.g. your computer or phone) when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you by:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can find more information about cookies at: and   For a video about cookies visit:

Breast Cancer UK does not accept any liability for the accuracy or performance of external websites.

How do Breast Cancer UK use cookies?

A list of all the cookies used on this website/online service by category is set out below.

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using

First party cookies: these are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

Third party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Google, Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

We will endeavour to let you know before we store a cookie on your computer.

First party cookies

Breast Cancer UK uses cookies in several places.   We’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them.


Our Content Management System ExpressionEngine  sets the following cookies:




These cookies are generated by our content management system. They are completely anonymous and provide us with information about when you last visited the site and what you looked at. In addition they will store any preferences you have regarding the site's functionality and, if you are a registered site member, will allow you to remain logged in to the site after leaving.

See Expression Engine cookies for more details

Third Party Cookies:


ShareThis (for sharing links via Social Media) sets the following two cookies:



We currently use two cookies to identify users and their sharing behavior.  _stid is a random unique identifier not tied to any personally identifiable information (PII), and _uset is set to "true" to indicate when a user has been cookied so that we don't repeat the task in the next 8 hours. _stid is used to associated users with topics of interest, based upon the content they consume and share.

See ShareThis cookie policy for more information. 

Google Analytics

Google Analytic sets the following cookies:






These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

See Google Analytics Cookie policy for more details.

Removing and disabling cookies

If you do not wish to accept cookies on to your machine you can disable them by adjusting the settings on your browser. However this will affect the functionality of the websites you visit.

Controlling cookies on your computer

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser.

The following links will show you how to access these cookie settings, depending on the browser you are using and whether you are using a PC or Mac.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari
Cookie settings in iOS

For more help on how to disable your cookies or delete them visit

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