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Brave mum to start treatment for breast cancer

Heidi Loughlin has an aggressive form of breast cancer Credit: ITV News

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.

Heidi with little Ally who sadly passed away on Saturday Credit: Heidi Loughlin


Do you fancy a pair of Ed Sheeran's undies?

Ed Sheeran's pants and Kelly Brook's bra are up for grabs Credit: Facebook

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.

The signs and symptoms of breast cancer

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.

Older people are more likely to delay going to the doctors with breast cancer Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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.

Campaign to alert older women to dangers of breast cancer

Low awareness of breast cancer is killing older women Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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