Breast cancer is the most common type of malignant cancer among women in Ireland. In 2002, 1921 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 615 died from the disease.
Prognosis is improving all the time, however. Extensive research has gone into treatment, and the fight against cancer is in full swing!!
The stage at which a woman has breast cancer diagnosed greatly influences her survival chances. In general, the earlier the detection, the greater the chance of survival.
BreastCheck is a Government-funded programme that provides free mammograms to eligible women on an area by area basis every two years. The aim of BreastCheck is to reduce deaths from breast cancer by finding and treating the disease at an early stage.
Changes you should look and feel for:
- Any lumps or thickening in your breast.
- Skin – dimpling, puckering, or redness.
- Nipple – pulled in or flattened.
- Around the nipple – rash, flaky or crusted skin.
- A change in the shape or size of your breast.
- Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone.
- Constant pain in one part of your breast or armpit.
BreastCheck breast screening is for women without symptoms. BreastCheck recommends women go to a doctor for advice if any breast changes are noticed.
BreastCheck Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or click the link www.breastcheck.ie
Call into us with any queries or concerns. Awareness can save lives!