Three simple steps for better breast health

8 January 2014

This January, BreastCheck – The National Breast Screening Programme urges women aged 50 to 64 to take three simple steps for better breast health:

  1. check personal details are up to date on the register at: www.breastcheck.ie or Freephone 1800 45 45 55
  2. attend regular free BreastCheck mammogram (x-ray) when invited every two years so changes are likely to be found earlier when they are easier to treat
  3. be breast aware – know what is normal for your body and the changes to look for, contact the GP if you have any concerns regarding breast cancer.

Speaking about the importance of regular mammograms, Sheila Caulfield, Head of Communications with BreastCheck said, “While it is positive that breast cancer survival has improved in recent years, many women don’t realise that the risk of breast cancer increases with age. Women lead such busy lives and it is difficult to balance everything, however we strongly encourage women aged 50 to 64 to follow these three simple steps for breast health.”

BreastCheck works to support women attending for a free mammogram. If the appointment time or date doesn’t suit, contact BreastCheck as every effort will be made to arrange a more suitable appointment at: (01) 8826200. Once on the register and known to the programme, a woman will automatically receive her invitation for a mammogram when BreastCheck is screening in her area.

BreastCheck encourages all women, regardless of age or participation in screening to remain breast aware at all times and to contact their GP without delay if they have any concerns regarding breast cancer.

Be breast aware

No matter what age you are, it is important to always be breast aware.

  • Know what is normal for your body.
  • Know what changes you should look for.

What changes should I look and feel for?

  • Any lumps or unusual thickening in your breast
  • Dimpling, puckering or redness of the skin
  • A nipple that appears to be pulled-in or flattened
  • A rash or flaky or crusted skin around the nipple
  • A change in the size or shape of your breast
  • Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
  • Constant pain in one part of your breast or armpit

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 Further Information:

Aoife O’Sullivan, Communications, National Cancer Screening Service

Tel: 01 8659300