Be breast aware with all cancer symptoms

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Women in the region are being urged to make sure they are aware of the symptoms of breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and health experts at the region’s strategic health authority are encouraging women to check for the tell-tale signs of breast cancer and attend screening appointments when invited.

Regional director for public health at NHS North of England, Paul Johnstone, said: “The earlier a problem is identified the better. Being able to spot the symptoms of breast cancer and not ignoring an invitation for a screening appointment is extremely important.”

Contact a GP if you notice, a lump, a change in breast size, nipple discharge, a lump in either armpit, dimpling of breast skin, a nipple rash, change in nipple appearance, or pain.

A mammogram can detect small changes.