Breast Cancer Awareness: How To Check
As October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is no better time to get informed and make sure your loved ones are too.
CURRENT STATISTICS IN IRELAND
- 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime
- Over 60% of women in Ireland do not check their breasts regularly for abnormalities
- We have 3100 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year
- Only 5-10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary
It is important to be familiar with how your breasts appear normally. Look out for these warning signs that may indicate something is wrong. If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your GP to be safe.
HOW CAN I CHECK MYSELF?
Get to know what’s normal for you – how your breasts look and feel and look how for the above warning signs. 75% of Irish women with breast cancer discovered the lump themselves.
GETTING A BREAST CHECK
Breast screening involves a mammogram x-ray of the breasts, which can detect early signs of cancer before it can be seen or felt. Screening has been proven to reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer, as the disease is very treatable if detected early.
BreastCheck, the national breast screening programme, currently offers free mammograms to women aged 50-67. The programme invites eligible women, on an area by area basis, for free screening every two years. You can register online for BreastCheck or by calling freephone 1800 45 45 55.