PHA launches new breast cancer awareness campaign

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East Londonderry MLA George Robinson, has welcomed the launch of the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) new breast cancer awareness campaign and urged women to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the condition.

MLA Robinson said: “Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women here, but it is also one of the most treatable, particularly when detected early, so the PHA campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms and encourage anyone who discovers any of them to contact their GP. This campaign is the latest phase of the PHA’s Be Cancer Aware campaign which aims to raise awareness about a range of cancers”.

There is a lot that can be done to treat breast cancer, especially with advances in treatment in recent years, but early diagnosis makes a big difference. In fact, in cases where it is found and treated at the earliest stage, it is estimated that after five years 99 out of 100 women will still be alive, so early detection is very important.

It is also essential to be aware of what to look out for. If you do find anything, make sure you don’t delay in making an appointment with your GP.

If you want to find out more about breast cancer, and other types of cancer, visit the PHA’s Be Cancer Aware website at www.becancerawareni.info where there is very helpful information and advice.”

Dr Miriam McCarthy, Consultant in Public Health at the PHA, said: “Most people may know to look out for a lump, but there are other changes that could point towards breast cancer, so it is vital that everyone is aware of them, as it could save your life.

“Changes to your body which may indicate breast cancer include turned in nipples, lumps, skin changes or crusted nipples, so if you notice any of these, speak to your GP without delay. Don’t be embarrassed and don’t put it off – the earlier you are seen, the better.

“While breast cancer is much more common in women, it can also affect men, so anyone noticing changes in their breast should seek the advice of their GP.”