Women, and especially those aged over 70, are being encouraged to be breast aware with the launch of the latest Be Clear on Cancer campaign today.

With breast cancer the most common cancer in England the campaign urges women to get to know how their breasts look and feel normally, so that it is easier to spot anything unusual.

The older you are the more likely you are to get the disease.  One in three women who get breast cancer are aged 70 and over, yet they often think that it does not affect them.

Possible signs of breast cancer include:

  • A lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
  • Change to the skin of your breast
  • Changes in the shape or size of your breast
  • Nipple changes
  • Nipple discharge
  • Pain in your breast
  • Any other unusual or persistent changes to your breast

If you notice any changes in your breasts, it is important that you contact your doctor straight away as finding breast cancer early makes it more treatable.  A trip to the GP’s surgery could be lifesaving.

It’s also really important to attend breast cancer screening appointments when you’re invited.  Believe it or not one in three women in Knowsley didn’t attend for breast screening in recent years, yet screening can saves lives.

For further information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, please visit the NHS website.