October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging people in Doncaster to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.
396 people in Doncaster were living with a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2015-16.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the UK, with more than 54,000 cases reported every year.
It is more common in women over 50 and almost half of cases develop in women aged 65 and over. Men can also get breast cancer, but this is rare.
Danielle Mellows, Macmillan Cancer Information Specialist, offers advice to people in the town, she said:
“Knowing what changes to look for and when to see your doctor could make a real difference. Don’t be scared if you have symptoms. Get them checked.”
See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
- a lump in the breast
- a change in the size or shape of the breast
- dimpling of the skin or thickening in the breast tissue
- a nipple that’s turned in (inverted)
- a rash (like eczema) on the nipple
- discharge from the nipple
- swelling or a lump in the armpit.
Most breast changes are not caused by cancer but if you do notice anything that isn’t normal for you, see your doctor. If you do have cancer, the sooner it’s found, the more likely it is to be successfully treated.
Danielle is encouraging people in the town to visit the Macmillan Information bus which will be in Doncaster on Friday 27 October, she said:
“ If you have any queries or concerns about cancer the Macmillan team of Cancer Information Specialists will be on hand to help, provide support and inform people about local cancer support.”
The Macmillan bus will be parked up at Wheatley Retail Park, Wheatley Hall Road, DL8 5DP between 9-3pm on Friday 27 October.
If you need support or just want someone to talk to about breast cancer, call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk
About Macmillan Cancer Support
You may have cancer, but you are still you. Macmillan is here to help you live life no matter what. We’ll give you the support you need to hold on to who you are and what’s important to you.
From the moment you’re diagnosed, for as long as you need us, you can lean on Macmillan. Call us free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk
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