Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2010

Mr Ali Juma leading Liverpool breast surgeon discussed Breast Cancer Awareness issues during the City Surgery radio show on Thursday 7th October 2010 to start the Breast Cancer Awareness month of October in line with Cancer Research UK statistics:

Join the fight – be breast aware

More women are surviving breast cancer than ever before thanks to earlier detection and better treatments

Breast cancer screening (mammography)

Breast screening can help pick up cancers when they are too small to see or feel. All women over 50 are eligible for breast screening.

In England the programme is being extended to include women aged 47 to 73. Women over 70 (or 64 in Northern Ireland) will need to speak to their doctor or breast screening unit to arrange an appointment.

Breast screening is effective, but it is not perfect. It is important that women remember to keep a check on their breasts even if they have been for screening.

Breast awareness

Cancer Research UK encourages women to be breast aware and follow the five point code:

  • Know what is normal for you
  • Look at and feel your breasts
  • Know what changes to look for
  • Report any changes without delay
  • Go for breast screening if you are 50 or over.

It’s a good idea for women to get to know how their breasts normally look and feel. This will make it easier to spot any unusual changes that could be signs of cancer and get checked out by a doctor.

Changes to look out for:

  • Changes in the size, shape or feel of your breasts
  • A new lump or thickening in one breast or armpit
  • Any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin
  • Changes in the position of the nipple, a rash or nipple discharge
  • Pain or discomfort that is new to you and felt only on one side

Talk to your GP

If you are worried about having a family history of breast cancer, speak to your GP about a referral to a breast clinic.

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