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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

PUBLISHED: 14:29 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:29 06 October 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Get breast aware - here are the signs and symptoms to look out for.

Coinciding with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rivers Hospital, Sawbridgeworth, part of the Ramsay Health Care group, has announced the development in 2015/16 of a multi-million pound cancer treatment centre including radiotherapy to complement its existing services.

Ramsay breast care nurse specialist Teresa Dearson says the announcement is timely. ‘Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in the UK, with one in eight being diagnosed,’ she says. ‘It’s important to be breast aware, as the sooner the cancer is diagnosed the more effective treatment may be.’ 

What to look for:

● Breast cancer can have a number of symptoms but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue.

● A change in size - one breast may become noticeably larger or lower.

● A nipple that has become inverted (pulled in) or changed its position or shape.

● A rash on or around the nipple.

● Discharge from one or both nipples.

● Puckering or dimpling of the skin.

● A swelling under the armpit or around the collarbone where the lymph nodes are.

● Constant pain in one part of your breast or armpit.


For more information, visit rivers-hospital.co.uk or call 01279 600282.

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