October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women are being urged to be aware of their breast health.
Being breast aware means getting to know how your breasts look and feel at different times and telling your doctor straight away if you notice any unusual changes.
It is important that women continue to check their breasts regularly, even if they have had a mammogram. Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by a doctor. Anyone who has noticed any abnormal changes to their breasts should contact their GP as soon as possible.
The NHS is encouraging women to use the ‘TLC’ method for checking their breasts:
- TOUCH your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?
- LOOK for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?
- CHECK anything unusual with your doctor.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50, but younger women can also get breast cancer. There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected at an early stage. In rare cases, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Dr. Liane Harris, a local GP and NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Clinical Lead for Cancer said:
“It’s important that women of all ages are aware of their breast health. If you notice anything unusual such as a change in shape or texture or dimpling of the skin, don’t hesitate to contact your GP Practice as soon as you can – they are here to help.
“In addition to regular self-checks and being breast aware generally, it’s important to attend breast screening when invited. Breast cancer screening saves lives, it takes only a few minutes and helps find breast cancers at an early stage when they are too small to see or feel.”
- Women are offered breast screening on the NHS between the ages of 50 and up to their 71st birthday. Women who are over the age of 70 can contact their local breast screening centre for screening once every 3 years. If you have an appointment for breast screening it is important that you attend. If you can’t attend tell us as early as possible.
- Breast screening services are more accessible than ever. In addition to hospitals, mobile screening vans are available in convenient community locations such as supermarket car parks. For more information visit: Breast screening (mammogram) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Don’t just wait until your next screening appointment if you are concerned – anyone who has noticed any abnormal changes to their breasts should contact their GP as soon as possible.
DATE: 22 October 2021