October is Breast awareness month!

Breast cancer is common. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, usually later in life.  We recommend that women take part in the NHS breast screening programme which includes three yearly mammograms from the age of 50 to 70. Women are automatically called for breast screening once they reach the age of 50.  Although women are not automatically screened over the age of 70, you are able to request that you continue three yearly mammograms – your doctor can help you to organise this.

It is important to report changes in your breasts to your doctor or practice nurse. The changes may include:

  • Change in shape or size of breast
  • Nipple discharge
  • Lump or thickening in or near breast or under the arm
  • Swollen glands under the arm
  • Constant breast pain
  • A nipple that becomes inverted/ or pulled to one side
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Redness/rash on skin of breast

If you have a personal and/or family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer, you may wish to discuss this with your doctor or practice nurse.
Lifestyle choices may help to reduce cancer risk. Eating a healthy diet with plenty fruit and vegetables, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol intake and not smoking play a part in maintaining good health.