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Local cancer expert urges residents to recognise the signs this ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’

Local cancer expert urges residents to recognise the signs this ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’

NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October, in a bid to raise awareness about the importance of attending screening and early detection of breast cancer.

About 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There's a good chance of recovery if it's detected at an early stage. For this reason, it's vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always have any changes examined by a GP.

Breast cancer can have several symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue.

Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it's always best to have them checked by a doctor.

You should also see a GP if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood
  • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast

Breast pain on its own is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.

Local GP Dr Suzanne Phillips, a cancer specialist and Macmillan GP who works with NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: If you do notice anything unusual, you should contact your GP to have it checked out. Finding a lump doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer, but it is always best to make sure. Please don’t delay coming forward. There's a good chance of recovery if it's detected at an early stage

“Some women may be hesitant when visiting their doctor for a check-up for breast cancer, but there is nothing to worry about. You can ask for a female doctor if you prefer, and also a female nurse, a member of staff or a friend or relative can accompany you during the examination.”

Suzanne added: “This is also a good reminder for those women in Norfolk and Waveney to keep on top of their routine screening appointments if they are invited to do so.”

If you are concerned or worried about your symptoms please contact your GP. To find out more visit Breast cancer in women - Symptoms - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

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