OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK. It is more common in women over 50 and one in three breast cancers develops in women over 70. Men can also get breast cancer, but this is rare.
Ally, who lives in Doncaster was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 after a family history screening, Ally says:
“They picked it up because my mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer 28 years beforehand.
“I was really lucky because the lump was so small, I wouldn’t have been able to pick it up myself.
“By spotting it early we were able to stop the cancer spreading
“Being informed makes all the difference. Don’t be scared to go to the doctor if you have symptoms. Get them checked.”
Macmillan Cancer Support are urging people to look for the following symptoms:
- A lump or thickening in your breast or armpit.
- A change in the size or shape of your breast.
- A change to your nipple, such as a rash, discharge or the nipple turning in.
- A change to the skin on your breast, such as puckering or dimpling.
- Constant discomfort or pain in your breast.
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.
Cancer information and support is coming to Doncaster on Wednesday 5 October. Macmillan ‘s mobile service will be next to Clock Corner Frenchgate between 10-4pm. The team of cancer information specialists will be on hand to answer questions, provide support and inform people about local services.
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
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk