Successful breast checks could be in your own hands

01 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 Avi Agrawal, Consultant Breast Surgeon at Spire Portsmouth Hospital.

“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 8 out of 10 women survive their disease for ten years or more, compared with 4 out of 10 back in the 1970s. Figures for surviving for five years or more are even higher at almost 9 out of 10 – 87%.

“These are impressive figures demonstrating good progress,” said Mr Agrawal, 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 or a breast specialist to discuss the matter. They will then receive informed advice and, if necessary, be placed on the best pathway to receive the necessary advice, help and treatments.”

More information on how to carry out self-checks is available.

Find out more about Mr Avi Agrawal, Consultant Breast Surgeon practising at Spire Portsmouth Hospital.


The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional.

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