Breast screening could save your life
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and women aged 50-70 are being encouraged to attend their breast screening test – it could save their lives. One quarter (24.1%) of women in Kirklees aged 50-70 who are eligible for breast screening for cancer are not taking up their invitation.
Women of all ages should get to know how their breasts look and feel normally, so they will find it easier to spot something unusual.
Symptoms to look out for:
- a change in the size, shape or feel of a breast
- dimpling of the skin
- a change in the shape of or a rash on your nipple and
- a blood stained discharge from the nipple.
Latest research has shown that:
- The number of women attending a screening across West Yorkshire is generally decreasing year-on-year. In Kirklees, 76.3% of women were screened in 2013 compared to 75.9% in 2014.
- Three in ten (29%) of women eligible for breast screening across Yorkshire are still not taking up their invitation.
- There is a low awareness amongst women of symptoms. Approximately 30% of all women in England diagnosed with breast cancer report a symptom other than a lump.
More information about breast cancer screening can be found on the NHS Choices website.