Beating Breast Cancer
What every woman needs to know
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.