Lack of awarenesss about breast cancer16th April 2009
The charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer has claimed that Scottish women have an "alarming lack of awareness" about the symptoms of the condition.
From a survey it carried out among more than 540 women earlier this year, it is concerned that one in six of those questioned could not identify any symptoms of breast cancer, despite it being the most common cancer among Scottish women.
Figures show that more than 1,000 women in Scotland die every year of the disease and 4,000 new cases are diagnosed.
The charity says women needed to be more breast aware, carry out checks on their bodies and learn what the signs are such as changes in their breasts and skin texture and lumps.
It stressed the important of early diagnosis in achieving the best outcome and wants more women over 50 to take advantage of breast screening facilities.
The charity’s director Audrey Birt said: "Our message is show your breasts some TLC - touch, look, check.
"Do this by regular touching, looking for changes and checking anything unusual out with your doctor and attending breast screening if you are over 50, as these are the best ways to identify breast cancer early.
"If you find any unusual changes or are worried by anything, you should talk to your GP straight away."
Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon echoed the charity’s call to women to be more aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and pledged that the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland would continue to raise awareness of breast cancer.
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Title: Lack of awarenesss about breast cancer
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 11005
Date Added: 16th Apr 2009