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Wear it Pink for Breast cancer Awareness month

The charity Breast Cancer Campaign is asking people to help raise awareness of breast cancer as well as funds for life-saving research as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK. One in eight women in the UK will be affected in their lifetime and around 50,000 women are diagnosed every year.

Breast cancer awareness month takes place every October around the world to encourage people to check their breasts or to take part in an event - such as wear it pink on Friday 24th October 2014 - to help raise money for breast cancer research.

Local GP Dr Cathy Burton said: “Most women now know that it is important to see their GP if they find a lump in their breast, but you may not be aware that there are other things to look out for too, including:  a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts; discharge from either of your nipples; a lump or swelling in either of your armpits or dimpling on the skin of your breasts.”

She added “It may be easy to dismiss some of these symptoms as just being down to age, but they could be early warning signs of breast cancer – so don’t ignore them.”

You can find a full list of symptoms on the NHS choices website.

Click on the link to find out more about Breast Cancer Awareness month and Wear it Pink.

If you are aged 70 or over you are still entitled to NHS breast screening every 3 years – you just need to make your own appointment. Currently the NHS Breast Screening Programme saves an estimated 1400 lives each year in England. Details of your nearest NHS breast screening unit are available on the NHS Cancer Screening Programme website. If you are between 50 and 70 you will be invited to screening so wait to be contacted.

Diagnosing breast cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful, so make sure you make an appointment with your GP if you notice any changes.