InHealth is proud to be the largest provider of breast cancer screening services in the UK and, this October, we’re ‘going pink’ on our digital channels to show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One person is diagnosed every 10 minutes. During this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month alone, around 5,000 people will be diagnosed. 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and, whilst it is rare, men are not immune.
But, thanks to increased awareness and screening, breast cancer survival is improving, and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK. Almost 9 in 10 women now survive breast cancer for five years or more. If breast cancer is detected early, treatment is more successful and there’s a greater chance of recovery.
As the likelihood of developing breast cancer increases with age, all women aged 50 to 70 and registered with a GP are invited for breast cancer screening every 3 years, as part of the National Breast Screening Programme.
But knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can also lead to earlier diagnosis, which can be crucial in providing more effective treatment and, ultimately, saving lives. Yet a Breast Cancer care survey found that a third of women aren’t regularly checking their breasts, with a fifth saying it’s because they don’t know how. Click here for advice on how to check your breasts.
For support and advice, call Breast Cancer Care’s free helpline on 0808 800 6000 or speak to your GP.