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Cop-a-feel: Breast cancer and what to look out for

Women are being urged to make themselves familiar with symptoms of the disease. Photo: PA

A woman from Newquay who has terminal breast cancer says she believes setting up her own cancer charity has helped keep her alive.

Kris Hallenga found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with terminal cancer nine years ago, when she was just 23 years old. It led to her setting up Coppafeel, a charity dedicated to educating young people about breast cancer.

She is urging women to make themselves familiar with symptoms of the disease.

What are the symtpoms of breast cancer?

The first symptom most often noticed by women is a lump or thickened tissue in their breast. Most lumps are not cancerous but it is best to have them checked by a GP.

Other symptoms include:

  • a change of size in breasts
  • bloodstained discharge from nipples
  • pain around your breast or armpit
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple
  • a lump or swelling of your armpit
  • a rash on or around your nipple.

Any woman concerned that they might have breast cancer can see their GP and be referred for a screening.

As the likelihood of breast cancer increases with age, all women aged between 50 and 70 years old who are registered with a GP should automatically be invited for screening every three years.

There are various charities and resources with more information:

  • https://coppafeel.org/
  • https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer/
  • https://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/
  • http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer