Slough CCG and Macmillan Cancer Support have embarked on a new joint partnership programme to improve breast cancer screening and increase uptake rates.
The programme focus is to work together to engage with different communities in Slough to increase awareness, deliver health promotion activities, and encourage prevention and early diagnosis.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with around 1 in 8 women getting breast cancer in their lifetime. Men can also get breast cancer although it's very rare.
Women aged between 50 and 70 are invited to have a mammogram every three years as part of a national breast screening programme. This is being extended to 47-73 as part of a trial which will include all women by the end of 2016 in England.
The national target for breast cancer screening is 80%. The uptake of screening in England for the period 2014-15 was around 75%. In Slough, during 2015-16 the uptake of screening was 67%.*
*Stats taken from Open Exeter*
The sooner breast cancer is diagnosed the more effective treatment may be. Earlier detection, increased knowledge and understanding of the biology of breast cancer and better treatments mean that survival rates after a diagnosis of breast cancer are improving.
Breast awareness is a part of general body awareness. It is a process of getting to know your own breasts and becoming familiar with their appearance. Learning how your breasts feel at different times will help you to know what is normal for you. You can become familiar with your breast tissue by looking and feeling – in any way that is best for you (e.g. in the bath, shower, when dressing). Being breast aware and knowing what is normal for you will help you to be aware of any changes from normal, should these happen.
For more information, click below to view the How do I check my breasts infographic.
For more information on breast cancer and breast cancer screening, visit the breast cancer care website.