Spot Breast Cancer Early | Cancer Research UK

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over the years the size and shape of our

breasts has been a constant topic of

conversation for many women but really

it's a bitsy one so I'm so glad my

husband's not a boob man I've never paid

them too much attention they've always

just been me

breasts are wonderful but as we get

older women are more at risk of breast

cancer and even though most of us know

someone who's been affected by it many

of us still don't know the early signs

and symptoms of the disease so what do

we know about breast cancer a lump that

feels that is the size of a people if

your breasts are painful I do think I

know much more about it than that

every year about 45,000 women and about

300 men are diagnosed with breast cancer

breast cancer is now the most common

cancer in the UK and over a lifetime

about one in nine women will be affected

about 8 out of 10 people who are

affected are over the age of 50 but if

it's spotted early it's much easier to

treat in this film I will tell you about

the early signs and symptoms of breast

cancer and I'll meet someone who's had

breast cancer and whose treatment has

been a success it's really important for

women to be aware of what's normal for

them in terms of their breasts the sort

of things you should be looking out for

would be a change in the shape in the

size or the feel of your breasts perhaps

a lump or a thickening either in the

breasts or going up into the armpit

there could be redness dimpling

puckering of the skin around the nipple

or anywhere else in the breast or a

change in the position of the nipple or

discharge from the nipple although it's

not often a problem a new discomfort or

pain especially if it's in only one

breast does need to be looked out for

five years ago donata Fernandes knew

nothing about breast cancer I had come

to UK to join my husband and I was

living here for five months when I got

called for a mammogram by Charing Cross

Hospital and I felt having no signs and

symptoms why did I have to go

well the NHS breast screening program

invites women every three years between

the ages of 50 and 70 to come along and

have a breast x-ray so that if a breast

cancer is present we can find it early

and treat it the mammogram can actually

pick up very very small changes in the

breast too small to be felt

following her mammogram donata was

referred to a specialist who took a

sample of breast tissue a biopsy for

analysis the test results revealed she

had breast cancer

it was very shocked I felt at that

moment that I was going to die but at

the doctor reassured me that they could

do my operation and I would be saved

Donatas treatment involved surgery and

radiotherapy her early diagnosis meant

she received treatments at an early

stage when it's likely to be most

effective looking back I feel that this

mammogram has saved my life it has given

me the opportunity to see my two new

grandchildren I feel that all women

living in this country who are

privileged and invited to this mammogram

should never forgot this opportunity

message we want to get across to to

older women is that they they need to

feel first of all aware that because of

their age they need to be breast cancer

aware and secondly if they do discover a

breast change any breast change to go

straight to the doctor and if it is

cancer then something can be done about

it quickly and the chances of a

treatment that that's not severe or

disfiguring it is extremely high

Donatas story shows that breast cancer

is treatable but it's vital to spot the

disease early so that treatment has a

better chance of success

knowing what is normal for you is also

crucial be breast aware and if you have

any of these symptoms book an

appointment to see your doctor and if

your symptoms persist keep going back