Beat­ing Breast Can­cer

What ev­ery woman needs to know

No. 1 Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Breast can­cer is the most com­monly di­ag­nosed can­cer in women in the UK with over 55,000 women be­ing af­fected, in­clud­ing around 4700 in Scot­land. How­ever, the ear­lier breast can­cer is di­ag­nosed, the bet­ter the chance women have for suc­cess­ful treat­ment. Eluned Hughes, Head of Pub­lic Health and In­for­ma­tion at Breast Can­cer Now, tells us why it’s so im­por­tant to check your breasts reg­u­larly and to visit your lo­cal GP as soon as you no­tice any changes.

BE BREAST AWARE

Be­ing breast aware means know­ing what your breasts look and feel like nor­mally, notic­ing any changes and then get­ting them checked out by your doc­tor. Ac­cord­ing to Scot­tish char­ity Breast Can­cer Now, roughly 80 per­cent of lumps in women’s breasts are caused by be­nign (non­cancer­ous) changes or cysts. How­ever, they urge you to have all lumps in your breasts checked by your doc­tor to de­tect them as early as pos­si­ble. And, although breast can­cer is most com­mon in woman over 50, Eluned Hughes em­pha­sises that it’s im­por­tant to al­ways be breast aware re­gard­less of your age. This is be­cause most breast can­cers are found by women sim­ply notic­ing a small change in their breasts and quickly vis­it­ing their doc­tor.

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