The NHS says breast cancer is often thought of as something that only affects women, but men can get it in rare cases.Read the full story ›
Breast cancer survivors from the South West share their stories to provide comfort to others - Southmead Hospital has an exhibition.Read the full story ›
A cancer drug trialed at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has been rejected for use despite saving lives like Jenny McCabe'sRead the full story ›
Friends, family and complete strangers are raising money for a young woman with cancer - so she can get married to her carer.Read the full story ›
Heidi Loughlin lost her baby after a premature birth and delaying chemotherapy. She says 'a CT scan revealed I have nodules on my lungs too'Read the full story ›
A mother with an aggressive form of breast cancer, who delayed chemotherapy to give birth is due to start her treatment.
Heidi Loughlin from Portishead gave birth to Ally Louise twelve weeks early in order to start the procedure. Her daughter died last weekend, aged just eight days.
Celebrities including Ed Sheeran and Tom Daley have donated their underwear for an auction tonight in Woolacombe raising funds for the CoppaFeel breast awareness charity.
The auction is one of a number of events Heather Walters from North Devon has organised in a bid to get more people checking themselves regularly.
You can find the full list of items for auction and details of the event on the campaign Facebook page.
A woman from North Devon is auctioning off celebrities' underwear to raise money for breast cancer.Read the full story ›
Despite older women being at an increased risk of breast cancer, they are also more likely to delay going to their GP with breast cancer symptoms.
Early diagnosis of breast cancer is crucial and means treatment is more likely to be successful.
If breast cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage in women aged 70 and over, 93% will live for at least another 5 years. This figure drops to just 13% for those diagnosed at the most advanced stage.
But, when asked to name symptoms of breast cancer, only half of women aged 70 and over could name a symptom that isn’t a lump.
Knowledge of other breast cancer symptoms is higher amongst those aged 40 to 69, with 73 per cent able to name at least one non-lump symptom.
Possible signs of breast cancer include:
- a lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
- changes to the skin of your breast
- changes in the shape or size of your breast
- nipple changes
- nipple discharge
- pain in your breast
- any other unusual or persistent changes to your breasts
Free scans will be given by the NHS, you may not be sent reminder letters - but they are still available if you are concerned.
A new campaign is underway to make older women more aware of the dangers of breast cancer. In the South West the disease kills around 680 women aged over 70 each year.
Public Health England says low awareness of non-lump breast cancer symptoms is putting people at risk. It says more than half of women aged 70 and over are unable to name any other symptoms apart from a lump.
The Be Clear on Cancer in South West campaign is reinforcing the message 'don't assume you're past it', urging older women to visit their doctor straight away if they notice any unusual or persistent changes to their breasts such as a lump or a change to a nipple or to the skin or the shape of a breast.