October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the aim is to raise as much awareness about breast cancer as possible as well as funds for further research.
The Daily Telegraph has recently published two women’s accounts of their experience of breast cancer with the aim of trying to dispel the myth that the only sign of breast cancer is a lump.
One lady explains that she had noticed a small dimple in her right breast for some time and, after finally having this checked, it revealed a cancerous tumour. The other lady had symptoms of crusting and discharge from the nipple as well as a swollen breast.
What are the signs to look out for?
It is important to note that most changes in the breast are unlikely to be related to breast cancer but the key message is that, if you notice a change, you should visit your GP as soon as possible.
Emma Beeson, associate in the clinical negligence team at Penningtons Manches, who settled a claim earlier this year for a delay in diagnosing breast cancer, says: “It is very important that women regularly check their breasts and keep track of any changes in shape or appearance. If there is any concern, your GP is always the first port of call and no woman should ever be afraid to discuss her concerns. Having dealt with a number of cases that involve breast cancer, the issue that arises all the time is that earlier diagnosis is vital in ensuring the best success for treatment. Often cases I deal with relate to a failure to carry out tests and scans sooner or a failure to interpret the scans correctly. If a patient is ever in doubt about their treatment and does not feel that their symptoms are being looked at properly, it is always worthwhile seeking a second opinion.”
For more details on the case which Emma recently settled, please click here.
Should you, a family member or friend have any concerns regarding a delay in diagnosing breast cancer, please contact our team on freephone 0800 328 9545.