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Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as timely reminder

17 Oct 2014 10:53:53

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness month and offers the perfect opportunity for us to make you aware of some news on Breast Screening in our area.

There is now a South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Breast Cancer Screening Programme that is being managed by Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals, with an emphasis on improving awareness of Breast Cancer and increasing the number of women aged 50-70 taking up their offer of screening.

As part of the team’s promotional work, the programme are looking for a Rotherham woman who has had breast cancer, or is going through treatment as a result of having a mammogram and who is willing to be a ‘champion’ for the district and to team up with the champions from Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Bassetlaw to spread the word on the importance of Breast Screening.

This news coincides with October being Breast Cancer Awareness month and is the perfect opportunity to remind people of the symptoms of Breast Cancer and to check themselves regularly for any abnormalities, speaking to your GP if you notice the slightest change in what is normal for you.

The first symptom of breast cancer most people notice is a lump or an area of thickened tissue in their breast. Most breast lumps (around 90%) aren't cancerous, but it's always best to have them checked by your doctor, particularly if you detect a possible symptom whilst you are in-between screening invitations (every 3-years). You should see your GP if you notice any of the following:

• a lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast
• 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

More information on Breast Cancer can be found on NHS Choices at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cancer-of-the-breast-female/Pages/Symptoms.aspx  
For more information about becoming Rotherham’s Screening Champion, please contact Katie Downton (Breast Screening Communications Officer) on katie.downton@dbh.nhs.uk.  

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