Nearly half of all women don’t check their breasts. Are you one of them?

Every 10 minutes, someone in England is diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s 55,000 women a year but men can get breast cancer too with 370 men receiving diagnosis every year.
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It’s always important to check your breasts but as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month we thought you could all do with a reminder! When was the last time you checked your breasts? 

We’ve recently heard quite a few questions about breast screening and mammograms so we thought we’d share what we’ve learnt: 

  • A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast which Doctors use to look for early signs of breast cancer. They can detect the cancer up to three years before it can be felt. 

  • The NHS automatically offers screening to all women every 3 years between the ages of 50 and 71. If you are a trans man, trans woman or are non-binary you may be invited automatically (if you’re registered as a female with your GP), or you may need to get in touch with your GP surgery or call the local breast screening service to ask for an appointment.  

  • If you are over 71, you can still have breast screening for free every 3 years if you ask. Call your local breast screening service to ask for an appointment. 

  • If you have symptoms, whatever age you are, see a GP straight away for an urgent referral to a breast unit, or contact your local breast screening service. 

    How do I check my breasts and what am I looking out for? 

    Check out this very helpful guide from ‘Breast Cancer Now’ which lists the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and illustrates how to check your breasts. 

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