Scottish women unaware of breast cancer

One in six can’t name symptoms

Scottish women have an alarming lack of awareness about the symptoms of breast cancer, a charity has claimed.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer said it had carried out a survey which suggested one in six of those quizzed could not name any symptom of the disease.

Breast cancer
is the most common cancer among Scottish women, with more than 1,000 dying of the disease every year and about 4,000 women diagnosed.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer said women needed to become more ‘breast aware’ by carrying out regular checks and learning what signs to look out for, such as changes in the size or shape of the breast, changes to skin texture, or lumps.

Audrey Birt, the charity’s director, said: ‘Our message is show your breasts some TLC – touch, look, check. If you find any unusual changes or are worried by anything, you should talk to your GP straight away.’

The Breakthrough Breast Cancer research was carried out by pollster TNS System Three, who quizzed 542 women across Scotland over the age of 16 between 25 February and 4 March.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘It is important that people take every opportunity to take care of their health and wellbeing and I would echo Breakthrough’s call to women to be more aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

‘The Scottish Government and NHS Scotland will continue to work to raise awareness of breast cancer.

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