Be Breast Aware
29/09/2014October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Southern Trust aims to raise awareness of the disease with staff and members of the public by encouraging all women to be more aware of what is normal for their breasts so that any changes can be discovered early.
Throughout the month of October Breast screening staff will provide information and advice about the Breast Screening Service including specialist care and support available for breast cancer patients, during and after cancer treatment. Exhibition stands will be located at the newly opened Macmillan Information Centre in the foyer of Craigavon Area Hospital.
Dr Linda Johnston, Southern Trust Director of Breast Screening, said: “Being breast aware is part of caring for your body. It means getting to know how your breasts look and feel so you know what is normal for you. You can then feel more confident about noticing any unusual changes. If you notice any changes in the breast it is important that you attend your GP. They may refer you to a breast clinic to have a detailed assessment. Don’t worry about making a fuss, and do remember that most breast changes will not be cancer, even if they need treatment or follow-up appointments. However if it is breast cancer, the sooner it is diagnosed the more effective treatment may be. This is why we also encourage ladies aged between 50 and 70, who are invited to attend breast screening to come. This involves a special x-ray known as a mammogram. It is essential that you attend breast screening if you are asked to go as it can detect breast cancer at an early stage before any other signs or symptoms appear.
“Routine breast screening is offered to all women between the ages of 50 and 70 every 3 years through the Northern Ireland breast screening programme. At present, women under the age of 50 are not invited for breast screening.”
If you are over 70, you will not automatically be invited for breast screening. However, the risk of developing breast cancer continues to increase with age. You are therefore encouraged to make your own appointment for screening every 3 years by contacting the Breast Screening centre, Lurgan Hospital, Sloan Street, Lurgan BT66 8NX Tel: 028 3834 7083.
• Know what is normal for you
• Know what changes to look and feel for
• Look and feel
• Report any changes to your GP immediately
• Attend for breast screening from the age of 50
For further information on breast cancer, supporting someone through cancer or any other cancer information, the following links may be useful:
Breast self-examination short film www.nidirect.gov.uk/breastscreening
Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety website
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Launching Breast Care Awareness in the Southern Trust are the Breast Care staff including Breast Surgeon Mr Pete Mallon, far right.