Successful breast checks could be in your own hands

02 October 2018

It is time that more women got to ‘know their breasts’ say medical experts, as campaign groups and charities throughout the UK prepare to support Breast Awareness Month.

Figures from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) show that one in eight women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer – that amounts to around 60,000 cases every year.

Although increased awareness, along with better screening and constantly improving treatments, are continuing to improve survival chances, women are also being told the way to even better figures could be in their own hands!

“Without any doubt, early detection means better treatment results. That means we need to ensure that every woman knows how to carry out effective self-check procedures and, just as importantly, what to do if she thinks something is wrong,” said Mr Antony Pittathankal, a Consultant Breast and General Surgeon at Spire London East Hospital in Redbridge, Essex.

“We need to ensure that every woman gets to really know her breasts. If they know what feels normal, they will be in a much better position to notice any changes.”

Figures from CRUK show that around eight out of 10 women survive their disease for 10 years or more, compared with four out of 10 back in the 1970s. Figures for surviving for five years or more are even higher at almost nine out of 10 – 87%.

“These are impressive figures and shows we are making good progress,” said Mr Antony Pittathankal, but the hard facts are that there are still around 12,000 UK women dying of breast cancer every year.

“Although finding a lump in your breast does not always signify breast cancer, it should mean that the woman acts quickly to get an early appointment with a GP to discuss the matter. They will then receive informed advice and, if necessary, be placed on the proper healthcare pathway, so they will receive the necessary advice, help and treatments.”

For more information on how to carry out self-checks visit:

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer | Breast Cancer Now

If you have any health concerns, Spire London East Hospital has the facilities and expertise to offer lump investigation and breast risk health assessment – without the worry and uncertainty of waiting. Check our Breast screening and surgery services.

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