October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is vital that women check themselves for signs of breast cancer symptoms. Although the country is tackling the increase in Covid cases, it is incredibly important to remember that the NHS is open and you can still visit your GP, whether physically or virtually, for any medical need.
Breast Cancer Now is launching its campaign to remind women to report any breast cancer symptoms to their GP. It is safe to see your GP and the earlier the diagnosis, the better chances of success.
Due to the pandemic, there has been a big drop in the number of people being referred to specialists with suspected breast cancer. However, the number of referrals are starting to increase, breast screening is restarting, the number of people being treated is rising, and Breast Cancer Now has developed online support services for those affected by breast cancer. These can be viewed here - https://breastcancernow.org/information-support
I strongly urge all women with any symptoms to check in with their GP for professional medical advice. Our NHS is open and we must continue to use these services. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the chance of successful treatment. Please, do check yourself and encourage your family and friends to check themselves also.