Around 11,500 people die from breast cancer in the UK each year and 1 in 7 women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Early detection of breast cancer can save lives, so it’s important to have a breast screen when offered to you by the NHS.
Checking your breasts on a regular basis is also a good habit to maintain, as you can let your GP know immediately if you have any concerns.
We are aware that many could not attend their regular screening due to the pandemic, so it is important now to re-engage and ensure you do not miss out.
Sadly, we also know the pandemic meant that many cases of cancer were not picked up on time, but now that breast screening has resumed, we hope more people will take the opportunity to have one.
Keep being breast aware!
Find out more information about breast cancer through the links below, including screening and different types.
- Video to encourage women to access breast screening: shows patients what will happen at their appointment: www.facebook.com – Jacquie Beltrao explains what happens at a breast screening appointment at St George’s.
- Having a mammogram: www.youtube.com – Having a mammogram | Cancer Research UK.
- CRUK breast screening webpages: www.cancerresearchuk.org – Breast screening.
- CRUK breast cancer resources: www.publications.cancerresearchuk.org – Spot breast cancer early.
- Public Health England – leaflets in 18 different languages: www.gov.uk – Breast screening: helping women decide.