Breast Cancer Awareness Month

19.10.2018 Category: Cancer Author: Dr Belinda Griffiths

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

You may notice an increased amount of pink during this month, especially iconic pink ribbons, and it’s for a good reason: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This annual campaign aims to increase the awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. With the hope that in the not too distant future, a cure will be found!

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. 1 in 8 women in the UK will be diagnosed at some point in their lives.

In the UK, over 55,000 women each year are diagnosed with Breast Cancer which is the most common cancer. Thanks to research, more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before, yet there are still nearly 1,000 women who’ll die of breast cancer each month. Breast cancer is often thought of as something that only affects women, but men can get it in rare cases. It is important for males (especially those over 75 years with a high BMI) to check breast tissue for abnormalities as well.

The breast cancer awareness charity, Breast Cancer Now, is urging women to check their breasts regularly and get checked out by a professional if something seems unusual. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.

To find out more from Breast Cancer Now, visit breastcancernow.org

How to Check Your Breasts:

Breast Cancer Awareness Check breastcancernow.org Fleet Street Clinic Well Woman Clinic London

Regular Checks

Get in the habit of checking your breasts every month at least, whilst in the bath or shower; it is so easy:

Just divide the breasts into four quadrants; the upper outer quadrant, outer lower quadrant, inner lower quadrant and inner upper quadrant. Examine each quadrant with the flat of your hand. It is important to do this regularly so that you are familiar with what each breast feels like normally. That way, should you notice any changes, (hopefully not), you will pick them up straight away and changes won’t go unnoticed. It is important to remember to check your armpits as well. It is surprising how many breast lumps are discovered after an “axillary” or armpit lymph node is found and checked.

In addition to regular self-checks, it is important to never miss a mammogram appointment. They may be painful and momentarily uncomfortable, but a mammogram can save your life. If you have a long wait for a mammogram, are unable to access an appointment or just want an additional check, contact the Fleet Street Clinic and we should be pleased to help.

Spreading Awareness

We will be sharing important information on how to spot the signs and symptoms of the disease to increase earlier detection. Our main message is ‘the earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment.’

Throughout October we’ll be highlighting the reasons to support this campaign across our social media platforms. We will be sharing inspirational stories from those who have survived the disease and those who are currently battling.  We will also hear from those who have supported a suffering loved one during treatment. Sharing these stories humanises the disease and can provide support/tips for those who may be struggling with a current diagnosis. We will be sharing ways of checking for early warning signs. We’ll also be encouraging all to undertake a Well-Woman or Well-Man health checks. Both of which contains a breast examination.

Wear it Pink Day

We’ll be joining in the Breast Cancer Now, ‘Wear it Pink’ day this year. We’ll be showing off our favourite pink garments to show solidarity and help raise money for this worthy cause. We will also be raising money by selling breast cancer care pins, which you can buy at our reception desk.

At Fleet Street Clinic, we specialise in women’s health and have four female GPs on-site to facilitate well-woman health checks. Our Executive Well Woman medical is focused on protecting your well-being and involves a full examination including breast examinations and cervical screen tests. Our comprehensive medical is designed to screen for health problems at the earliest possible stage.

Book Your Well Woman Medical Online. Or if you notice any changes to your breast or have any concerns, you should book a GP appointment as soon as possible.