NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October, in a bid to raise awareness about the importance of attending screening and early detection of breast cancer.
There are around 55,200 new breast cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s around 150 every day (2015-2017). Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 15% of all new cancer cases (2017). In females in the UK, breast cancer is the most common cancer, with around 54,700 new cases in 2017. Men also have breast tissue, and around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK every year.
Sadly, nearly 1,000 UK women still die of breast cancer every month. However, the earlier it is detected and treated, the better chance of survival.
Currently, women aged 47 to 73 are invited for breast screening; When invited, it is important to attend breast screening as it provides early detection in women who appear well and do not have any symptoms of the disease. More women than ever are surviving breast cancer thanks to better awareness, better screening and better treatments – an estimated five out of six women diagnosed with breast cancer in England and Wales survive for at least five years.
In many cases, breast cancer is detected by women noticing unusual changes in their breasts and taking the initiative to visit their GP practice. These changes can include unusual lumps, breast pain, changes in texture of the skin or unusual discharge. Remember that breast tissue runs into your armpits, around your collar bone and up to your shoulders.
Check yourself regularly and get to know what is normal for you! If you notice anything new or unusual, make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible to rule out cancer.