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Warley surgeon tells women to 'get to know their breasts' in support of Breast Awareness Month

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 October 2018

Spire Hartswod Hospital in Warley. Picture: Google Maps

Spire Hartswod Hospital in Warley. Picture: Google Maps

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A Warley surgeon is showing his support in women getting to know their breasts as part of Breast Awareness Month.

Figures from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) show that one in eight women in the country will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which amounts to around 60,000 cases every year.

Although increased awareness, along with better screening and constantly improving treatments, are continuing to improve survival chances, women are also being told the way to better figures could be in their own hands.

Consultant breast and general surgeon Ali Salih at the Spire Hartswood Hospital, Eagle Way, said: “Without any doubt early detection means better treatment results.

“That means we need to ensure that every woman knows how to carry out effective self-check procedures and, just as importantly, what to do if she thinks something is wrong.

“We need to ensure that every woman gets to really know her breasts.

“If they know what feels normal they will be in a much better position to notice and changes.”

Figures from CRUK show that around eight out of 10 women survive their disease for ten years or more, compared with four out of 10 in the 1970s.

Figures for surviving for five years or more are even higher at almost nine out of ten, equivalent to 87pc.

Mr Salih added: “These are impressive figures and shows we are making good progress.

“Although finding a lump in your breast does not always signify breast cancer it should mean that the woman acts quickly to get an early appointment with a GP to discuss the matter.

“They will then receive informed advice and, if necessary, be placed on the proper healthcare pathway so they will receive the necessary advice, help and treatments.”

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