During October, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH) is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England with around 41,200 women diagnosed each year. Women aged between 50-70 are invited for breast screening every 3 years which can help detect breast cancer.
Staff from LCH’s Health Promotion Team are attending local community events to promote the importance of the awareness and screening for breast cancer.
The events are available to everyone and there will be specialists on hand giving advice and support on a range of cancers with a specific focus on breast cancer advice and promotional materials.
• Thursday 1 October, 50+ event, 11.00am – 3.00pm at the Adelphi Hotel Ranleigh Street, L3 5UL.
• Thursday 8 October, Breast Cancer Talk, 11.00am – 2.00pm at Orrell Park Community Centre, 6 Moss Lane , L9 8AJ.
• Friday 9 October, Health event, 1.30pm – 4.00pm at St Hugh’s Primary School, Earle Road, L7 6HE.
• Thursday 15 October Health event, 11.00am – 2.00pm at Crawford House, Gwent Street, L8 8DN.
• Thursday 22 October, Cancer information van, 10.00am – 4.00pm at ASDA Hunt Cross, L24 9WA.
• Friday 23 October, Cancer information van, 10.00am – 4.00pm at LIDL Kensington, 306 Kensington, L7 2RN.
• Thursday 29 October, Health event, 12.00pm – 3.00pm, St Columba’s Church, Pinehurst Avenue, Townsend Lane, Anfield, L4 2TZ.
The team will also be visiting patients who are registered at the following GP Practices to advise on how to spot the signs and symptoms of various cancers:
Saturday 3 October, 9.00am – 12.00pm, The Elms Medical Centre, Dingle, Liverpool, L8 3SS
Wednesday 14 October, 2.00pm – 5.00pm Vauxhall Health Centre, Limekiln Lane, Liverpool, L5 8XR.
Some signs and symptoms of breast cancer can include:
• A lump or thickening in an area of the breast
• A change in the size, shape or feel of a breast
• Dimpling of the skin
• A change in the shape of your nipple, particularly if it turns in, sinks into the breast, or has an irregular shape
• A blood stained discharge from the nipple
• A rash on a nipple or surrounding area
• A swelling or lump in your armpit
These signs don’t necessarily mean cancer. Inverted nipples, blood stained nipple discharge or a rash can all be due to other medical conditions. But if you have any changes to what is normal for you, you should see your GP.
Olufemi Olajide, Project Support Manager at Liverpool Community Health said, “Detecting breast cancer early and ensuring you are screened regularly can save lives. More than 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage survive the disease for at least 5 years compared to around 15% for women diagnosed with the most advanced stage of disease”
Olufemi added, “Looking after yourself by eating healthy, staying fit, reducing your alcohol intake and stopping smoking can all help to reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. Self-examination and being aware of any changes to your breasts can also help detect signs or symptoms. If you are concerned about any changes to your breasts you can speak to your GP or seek medical advice”.
For more information please visit http://www.liverpoolcommunityhealth.nhs.uk/health-services/public-health/be-clear-on-cancer.htm or www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer