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Body Talk - 16th October

Alex Edghill, Clinical Nurse Manager for Spire Healthcare at Hartswood, was chatting to me this week about breast cancer.This is a problem which affects women of all ages, and a very small percentage of men as well.

Checking your breasts was one of the topics we discussed. One of the best ways of checking is simply to look in the mirror. If you notice any difference in appearance, then go and get it checked out. To examine for lumps, the best way is to do it while taking a bath or shower, cover the breasts in soap and it makes it much easier to feel for irregularities.

Breast pain is quite common with women, sometimes it is a warning sign of something more serious. at other times it could be just before a period, or, more simply, it could be that you're wearing the wrong bra. Alex explained that underwired bras are the worst. You should be looking for a bra that gives good support, but not containing wire. Sports bras are a good option. Make sure that you are wearing the correct size for you as well. it is a good idea to get yourself properly measured, many underwear shops and departments offer this service, and it is a good investment of your time to do so.

There are many different types of cancer that affect the breast, not all of them are malignant. Treatment today is also very good, and even if it is more serious, the success rate of removal is very high.

Alex is absolutely dedicated to her work. She told me that she is on call 24 hours a day for her ladies. She understands that this is not just a physical problem but has a huge emotional impact as well.

If you would like to know more about breast cancer, Alex is available to give talks to groups. She is well qualfied in all aspects of breast health, and would love to hear from you. For more information, email me and I can pass your details on.

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