The awareness session will run between 9am and 12 noon, where there will be a display, information on the causes and signs of breast cancer and the services that are available to people who are diagnosed with this condition.
Shirley Holmes, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Breast Care said: “ Breast cancer is a complex disease that can affect both men and women with around 44,000 woman in the UK diagnosed with the disease each year. Breast cancer can affect women at any age and one in nine women will get breast cancer at some time in their life. In addition, approximately 300 men in the UK get breast cancer each year, although these are more likely to be men who are over 50.”
“Early diagnosis is key, so it’s important that people are aware of what they can do to spot the early signs of breast cancer. There are a number of normal changes that occur to breast tissue as part of the ageing process. While changes may be normal or non-cancerous, others may not, so it’s important that both men and women check the breast tissue regularly so that they are aware of any changes when they happen.”
“As part of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Campaign called TLC, people should Touch their breasts and feel for anything unusual. Look for changes and be aware of their shape and texture. Check anything unusual with their doctor and also chat with their friends if they are worried.”
Salisbury District Hospital provides a range of support and information through the whole course of treatment and beyond. Anyone diagnosed with breast cancer may need surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormone therapy, or possibly a combination of several of these treatments. Patients are given continuing support throughout their treatment and follow up care.
Mrs Holmes said: “The important thing to remember is that even if people do notice a change in their breast it may not necessarily be due to breast cancer. However, it’s always best to get checked out and we would always advise people to go to their GP in the first instance if they are worried.” Ends
If you would further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170