Come and talk to the cancer risk assessment team. They will be available to discuss and provide information about breast awareness, breast cancer risk factors and cancer family history.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK. It affects 1 in 8 women in their lifetime. The NHS offers all women between the ages of 50 and 70 routine mammograms every three years as part of a national screening programme. Getting older and being female are the biggest risk factors for breast cancer, but having a family history of breast cancer and making certain lifestyle choices may impact on individual’s risk of developing the disease.
Being breast aware is hugely important to women of all ages. It is essential to get to know how your breasts look and feel, so that you will be confident in noticing any unusual changes. Checking your breasts regularly as part of your normal routine –for example when taking a shower or bath, is sufficient. It is important to tell your GP as soon as possible if you notice a change, so that they can examine you and refer you to the specialist clinic if appropriate.