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Breast Cancer - Pink Ribbon Day

Friday, 25 September 2009

Breast cancer campaign for October Breast cancer Awareness month is underway and today, Friday the 25th September is Pink Ribbon Day.

Today we are joined by Geraldine Byrne, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She has undergone a mastectomy, axillary clearance and chemotherapy, and is currently having breast reconstruction surgery.

We are also joined by Joan Kelly, who is the Nursing Services manager for the Irish Cancer Society

Geraldine Byrne
What advice would you give to women who are worried about having breast cancer?
My advice to go to their GP as soon as they can, if they suspect they have any kind of lump
What would you say to someone who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer?
Well every Thursday a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and I do think about that, and my advice to them is to take one day at a time

What Joan Kelly will Say?
The most recent figures are from 2007 and it shows that there were 2,479 cases of breast cancer. This includes 16 cases in men. The number of cases has also increased considerably over the last number of years by several hundred. .
People are living longer, and better screening means that more cancers are being detected. What we are also finding is that there has been an increase in the number of smaller cancers being detected

The Irish cancer Irish Cancer Societystudy on woman who had breast cancer:-
The Irish Cancer Society looked at 50 women who had beast cancer and we have the preliminary results of that study

What were the findings?
Most were not breast aware, but when they did find something, they did were treated very quickly, and that is important
We also found that a small % of women felt there was nothing to worry about that. some people also felt that they had other priorities, and this is human nature, for example, some woman were going through a separation and put off going to their doctor.. Some just thought that it was something that they did not need to be concerned about.. This is the target group that we have to get the message out to and those are the ones that we have to convert.

What advice would you have for women who are worried about breast cancer?
Women who are worried about breast cancer are welcome to contact our cancer information line with the Irish Cancer Society and we are prepared to discuss any issues they have with us. They can also go to their doctor after this.

Cancer Information Iine:1800 30 90 40

Early detection is really what we are all about and we have to develop a culture of breast awareness
Breast abnormalities are not normal and lumps are not normal, so when women notice them they really should get them checked out.

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