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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

posted 11 Oct 2017, 01:46 by St Johns GAC

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and St John's and the Public Health Agency (PHA) are urging all women to ‘be breast aware’ and to think about attending for screening when invited.

 

It is also important for women to look out for changes in the appearance of their breasts such as a change in size or outline of either breast, especially those caused by arm movement; any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin; or veins that stand out more than usual.

 

Many changes are harmless but all should be checked by a GP. If the change is due to cancer, earlier detection may mean simpler and more successful treatment.

 

Prevention and early detection are key to saving lives from breast cancer.

 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Northern Ireland – on average, every year 1,333 are diagnosed and 310 lose their lives. Let’s beat this – together!

 

Locally Action Cancer and Cancer Focus NI are driving campaigns to ensure people have a greater understanding of this issue.

 

Action Cancer's Big Bus will visit St John's on Saturday 13th January to carry out breast screening and MOT Health checks.



 

To book an appointment visit http://www.actioncancer.org/Appointments or call  

028 9080 3344.



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