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Breast Cancer in women over 70, are you clear on it?

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Be Clear on Cancer’s new national campaign, ‘Breast Cancer in women over 70’.  The campaign will run until 16 March across England.

NHS Calderdale CCG is wanting to raise awareness of breast cancer in women over 70, highlighting the fact that 1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70 so don’t assume you’re past it.

Dr Hazel Carsley, GP, NHS Calderdale CCG, said: “We need to make sure women know how important it is to talk to their GP about possible symptoms – diagnosing breast cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful.

If you notice any changes in your breasts, it is important that you contact your doctor straight away. You’re not wasting anyone’s time and it’s much better to be sure, if only to put your mind at rest.  There’s no need to feel embarrassed.”

It is important to get to know how your breasts look and feel normally, so that you’ll find it easier to spot something unusual – get into the habit of checking your breasts regularly.

Possible signs of breast cancer include:

  • A lump in your breast or armpit
  • Nipple changes
  • Changes to the skin of your breast
  • Changes in the shape or size of your breast
  • Pain in your breast or armpit

As part of the national campaign, adverts will appear on TV and in national newspapers and women’s magazines.

For further information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, visit nhs.uk/breastcancer70

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