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Only 35% of women check breasts

15th September 2008

A new survey has shown that only a third of women in the UK "regularly check their breasts for signs of cancer" and less than a quarter "seldom or never do"


Breakthrough Breast Cancer spoke to 2,005 women between the ages of 18 and 64. 35% said they checked on a regular basis and 23% said they rarely or never checked.

37% of women who said they did not perform regular checks stated that they were unsure of how to perform the check and what they should be looking for.

The survey showed that women were confused about what signs could indicate their was a problem.

Although most women (88%) knew that "lumps could be a possible sign of the disease" only 12% realised that "changes in skin texture, such as puckering or dimpling of the skin" could signify problems.

7% were aware that a "sudden inversion of the nipple" should be reported to their GP and only 5% knew that "changes in the size or shape of a breast could be a sign of cancer".

Almost 46,000 women are given a breast cancer diagnosis in the UK annually.

The charity has launched a campaign to persuade higher numbers of women to perform breast checks and to speak to their GPs about any problems they find.

Dr Sarah Cant, from the charity, said: "We know that the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed the more likely it is that treatment will be successful."


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