SCOTLAND’S women’s national football team have urged women to strike early if concerned about changes in their breasts.
The national team gave their backing to the Detect Cancer Early campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer ahead of the away leg of their UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 play off against Spain tomorrow (October 24) in Madrid.
Although the majority of breast cancer symptoms relate to lumps, around 20 per cent of patients go to their GP with other signs, including changes to nipple appearance, size or shape of breast, dimpling, skin texture or nipple discharge.
Getting to know your breasts and being aware of any changes to them is a key message of this Scottish Government campaign, considering one in nine women in Scotland will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Scotland captain and goalkeeper Gemma Fay, said: “Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer is hugely important for the Scotland team, particularly as this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While we’re representing the country on the pitch, we also want to play our part in reaching out to women across the country and spreading the message that lumps aren’t the only sign of breast cancer.
“Getting to know your breasts is essential. It may seem an odd practice but it’s the only way that you’ll notice any changes to them. Go to your GP as soon as possible if you’re worried about any symptoms, as the earlier the detection and treatment, the better the chances are of survival.”
If you want to find out more information about breast cancer and its symptoms, contact NHS Inform 0800 22 44 88 or www.nhsinform.co.uk.