Breast cancer campaign launched

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 July 2015

A breast cancer awareness campaign was launched this week.

A breast cancer awareness campaign was launched this week.

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A CAMPAIGN is urging older women across North Somerset and the South West to be more aware of breast cancer symptoms.

The Be Clear On Cancer campaign, which was launched nationally on Monday by Public Health England, is designed to raise awareness of breast cancer symptoms other than a lump among women aged over 70.

In 2013, 73 women aged 70 and over were diagnosed with breast cancer in North Somerset. Of these, 36 women died as a result, while 684 women across the region fell victim to breast cancer in the same year.

While most women are aware that a lump in the breast is a common symptom of cancer, many do not realise the disease can present itself through other signs.

It is estimated that nationally, 30 per cent of all women diagnosed with breast cancer report a symptom other than a lump – but only 48 per cent of women aged over 70 can name a symptom of the disease besides a lump.

Other symptoms of breast cancer include changes to the breast shape or size, changes to the nipple or changes to the breast skin.

Professor Debra Lapthorne is the centre director for Public Health England South West.

She said: “You are never too old to get breast cancer.

“It is not always a lump and women should look out for any changes in the shape of the breast, a change to a nipple or to the skin.

“Spotting the signs of cancer early is very important so if women are concerned about any breast cancer symptoms, they should contact their GP straight away.”

The campaign is set to last for eight weeks. For more information, including further details on the symptoms of breast cancer, click here.

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