Cancer spike campaign bid

NDET 96107'Daphne Seaward who battled breast cancer with her GP Louise Merriman at The Springs Health Centre promoting breast awareness to women over 70.

NDET 96107'Daphne Seaward who battled breast cancer with her GP Louise Merriman at The Springs Health Centre promoting breast awareness to women over 70.

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A BREAST cancer campaign has been launched in the Bolsover area – where rates of the disease are higher than the rest of Derbyshire.

The five-week drive ‘Be Clear on Cancer: Breast Cancer in Women 70+’ highlights that one in three women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 70.

Latest figures show 610 women living in Derbyshire were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 – with 158, or 26 per cent dying from the disease.

Eight per cent of breast cancer cases in the county were in Bolsover.

Survivor Daphne Seawood is calling on other elderly women to go and see their GP if they notice any changes in their breasts.

The 77-year-old, of Clowne, said: “I never thought my lump could be life-threatening. I had no pain, and I wasn’t producing any hormones any more. So I’d urge any woman over 70 to go and see their doctor straight away if they notice any changes in their breast, whether that be a lump, changes to nipples or skin or the breast – it could save your life.”

The cancerous tissue was subsequently removed and Daphne had six weeks of intensive radiotherapy in May last year.

Now she is backing the campaign, led by NHS Derbyshire County and North Trent Cancer Network.

Pharmacists will be handing out special packs with information about how to spot possible signs of breast cancer across the Bolsover area.

GPs will also be displaying posters.

Other plans include ‘breast aware’ talks by specially-trained volunteers, who will be visiting residential care homes, practice nurses and healthcare staff. Age UK in Derbyshire will also be talking to women at luncheon clubs, community groups and committees about the campaign.

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