Be Clear on Cancer

1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70 years old. Public Health England (PHE) is running a national campaign to raise awareness of Breast Cancer.

What is Be Clear on Cancer?

It aims to achieve early diagnosis of cancer by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms to see your GP without delay.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England with around 44,300 women diagnosed each year. The older you are, the more likely you are to get it – one in three women who get breast cancer are aged 70 and over.

If breast cancer is detected early, it is more treatable. Early treatment could save your life.

How to spot it

Women are encouraged to be breast aware. 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. Feel the whole of your breasts and your armpits. Does anything seem different?

Look at your breasts in the mirror. Do they appear to have changed at all? If you notice an unusual change, tell your doctor.

Possible signs of breast cancer include:

  • A lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
  • Changes to the skin of your breast
  • Changes in the shape, size or feel of your breast
  • Nipple changes
  • Nipple discharge
  • Pain in your breast
  • Any other unusual or persistent changes to your breasts
  • If you have any of the above symptoms, your doctor will want to see you.

    It is very important to see your doctor straight away if you notice any changes in your breasts.

    Don’t think that you are wasting anyone’s time and it’s much better to be sure, if only to put your mind at rest.