Raising awareness of breast cancer

BREAST cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, with around 48,000 women diagnosed with the disease each year.

In Hastings alone around 65 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, taking the annual average for the period 2006-2008.

These figures, from Cancer Research UK, highlight the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month, with the emphasis on separating fact from fiction, and educating people about the disease.

Despite being heavily associated with women, breast cancer is a disease that affects men too, although this is less common.

Figures from the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer, show that in Sussex, the average number of breast cancer diagnoses per year between 2006 and 2008 was 1,010. It is not all bad news however, as between 2000 and 2004, the survival rate was 84.28 per cent.

Early diagnosis is crucial and Breakthrough Breast Cancer emphasise the importance of TLC (Touch, Look, Check), and women being breast aware.

The 1066 Pink Ladies is the only local support group specifically for those dealing with breast cancer. The group welcomes those from all across 1066 Country and it meets in Hastings and Bexhill on alternate months.