‘Known Your Lemons’ can­cer cam­paign goes global

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

A GLOBAL cam­paign has been launched to ed­u­cate women on the signs and symp­toms of breast can­cer.

Know Your Lemons, backed by Ten­ovus Can­cer Care, is be­ing shared in more than 90 coun­tries and trans­lated into 16 dif­fer­ent lan­guages, help­ing to ed­u­cate more than 200 mil­lion peo­ple.

Health ex­perts be­hind the cam­paign say there are 12 signs and symp­toms of breast can­cer over­all, with some more com­mon than oth­ers.

A strik­ing poster, placed in 500 GP surg­eries in Wales and based on pa­tient re­search and ad­vice from on­col­o­gists, uses 12 lemons to re­sem­ble the dif­fer­ent ways a can­cer­ous breast can look and feel.

Rhian Ed­wards, di­rec­tor of re­search and sup­port at Ten­ovus Can­cer Care, said: “Breast can- cer is the most com­mon can­cer in the UK and kills around 11,400 peo­ple ev­ery year, with one in eight women di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer at some point in their lives.

“We know early de­tec­tion greatly in­creases a pa­tient’s chances of sur­vival and the Know Your Lemons image is a sim­ple but highly-ef­fec­tive way of im­prov­ing peo­ple’s knowl­edge about the signs and symp­toms of can­cer.”

For sup­port and ad­vice you can call Ten­ovus free on 0808 808 10 10 (365 days a year).

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