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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Make sure you check your breasts regularly. Download the taking care of your breasts booklet for advice on checking your breasts.

If you notice a change, please request to see your GP straight away. Don’t worry about making a fuss, and do remember that most breast changes will not be cancer, even if they need treatment or follow-up appointments.

Your GP may be able to reassure you after examination, or you may be asked to come back at a different time in your menstrual cycle to rule out a hormonal cause.

Alternatively, you may be sent to a breast clinic for a more detailed examination.

If you are concerned regarding a breast change and would like any further information, help or support please contact Occupational Health on ext.3187 for a confidential appointment.

Did you know?

  • Around 55, 000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year, but survival rates are improving, probably due to more targeted treatments, earlier detection and better breast awareness.
  • This figure is equivalent to one new diagnosis every 10 minutes.
  • Breast cancer also affects men, although it is rare, with roughly 400 cases each year in the UK.
  • The biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age. 80 per cent of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.
  • It accounts for 45 per cent of all female cancers in adults aged between 25 and 49.
  • Less than 10 per cent of all breast cancers run in families, which means that having someone in your family who has breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean that your risk is increased.
  • Early detection and treatment improves the chances of a successful outcome. It is vitally important to check your breasts regularly and to know what is normal for you, allowing any changes to be detected.
  • Not all breast cancers show as a lump and not all lumps are cancerous, which is why it’s important to look for the changes on this information sheet.

For further information on breast cancer, supporting someone through cancer or any other cancer information, the following websites may be useful:

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