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Cancer Awareness

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Regular Screening Saves Lives


Breast Awareness

Spot the changes early:

  • Changes in the size or shape of your breast
  • A lump or thickening in an area of your breast
  • Redness, puckering or dimpling of your breast
  • Change in the shape of your nipple
  • Breast pain or nipple discharge
  • A swelling or lump in your armpit

If you notice anything unusual about your breast, see your doctor straight away


Cervical Awareness

Cervical cancer may not show any symptoms. 
You may notice:

  • bleeding between periods
  • bleeding/pain during or after sex
  • bleeding after menopause
  • Unusual and/or unpleasant vaginal discharge

Screening checks the health of your cervix. It is not a test for cancer but pre-cancerous cell changes can be picked up before they have a chance to develop into a cancer.

Having regular screening is the best way of protecting yourself.


Skin Awareness

Skin cancer often first appears as a change in a mole or a patch of normal skin.

Things to look out for:

  • asymmetry – the two halves of a mole or patch may not look the same
  • border – edges may be blurred or jagged
  • colour – the colour may be uneven, with more than one shade
  • diameter – many melanomas are at least 6mm in diameter, the size of a pencil eraser

Report any changes (either rapid or over many weeks or months) in size, shape, colour or diameter to your doctor without delay.

Check your skin regularly for changes. 


When should you be screened?

Breast Screening                          

50 -70   Every three years      

71+ On request                 

The breast screening programme is extending the age range to include women aged 47 to 73. This will be gradually introduced by 2016.

Cervical Screening

 25-49 Every three years      

 50-64 Every five years

 All women registered with a GP will be invited for screening. If you have any worries or concerns speak to your GP immediately.

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