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‘Talking About Cancer’ team asks local people are you Breast Aware

A campaign giving local people advice and information around breast cancer and NHS breast cancer screening is running during May.

The Talking About Cancer team from County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust will be out and about across County Durham and Darlington promoting self-examination and the signs and symptoms of the disease so that local people can seek the advice of a GP without delay.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with a lifetime risk of 1 in 8 for women and can also occur in men. It is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women after lung cancer.

Around 8 in 10 breast cancers are diagnosed in women aged 50 and over and although some women may have a genetically increased risk of breast cancer 8 out of 9 breast cancers occur in women without a family history of breast cancer.

Drinking alcohol raises the risk of breast cancer so the more you cut down on alcohol the more you can reduce the risk of breast and many other cancers.  Being physically active reduces the risk of developing breast cancer, so try to do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times or more a week. The more active you are the more you reduce the risk.

The NHS Screening Programme invites women for a mammogram every three years from age 47-73 and as long as you are registered with a GP you will receive an invite. Screening can identify breast cancer early but is not a replacement for self-examination. Screening appointments are not automatically sent out to women after age 73 but you are entitled to an appointment at your request so if you would like to continue to be screened contact your GP to get the contact details for your local breast screening programme.

Early detection saves lives so know what is normal for you, look at and feel your breasts, know what changes to look for and report any changes without delay. Your breasts may appear different depending on the time of the month and most changes are nothing to worry about, however it is very important to report anything unusual to your doctor.

Changes to look for

o Changes in the size, shape or feel of your breasts
o A lump or thickening in one breast or armpit
o Any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin
o Changes in the position of the nipple, a rash or nipple discharge
o Pain or discomfort that is new to you and felt only on one side

  • Drop in Sessions:
    Robin Todd Centre Open Day, Front Street, South Hetton, Durham, DH6 2TH, 9 May 2014, 10.30-12.30pm
  • B&Q Superstore, Bob Hardisty Drive, Newgate Park, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7TW, 12 May 2014, 10.00-11.30am
  • Cornmill Shopping Centre, Priestage, Darlington, DL1 1NH, 19 May 2014, 10.00-11.30am
  • Cornmill Shopping Centre, Priestage, Darlington, DL1 1NH, 20 May 2014, 10.00-11.30am
  • Willowburn Hospice Shop, 94, Front Street, Stanley, DH9 0HU, 22 May 2014, 10.00-12.00pm
  • Stanley Bus Station, Back of Front Street, Stanley, DH9  0TU, 22 May 2014, 14.00-16.00pm
  • Matalan, Dragonville Court, Durham, DH1 2WP, 23 May 2014, 15.00-17.00pm
  • B & Q, Durham City Retail Park, Sunderland Road, Renny's Lane, Durham, DH1 2HJ, 28 May 2014, 9.00-11.00am
  • Crook Library, Elliott Street, Crook, DL15 8QH, 30 May 2014, 10.00-12.00pm.

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital